Southwark Maternity Commission

Closes 31 Jul 2024

Opened 22 Jan 2024


Share your experience of maternity care in Southwark

We know that not everyone has a good experience of maternity care during pregnancy and the first few months after birth. We have set up a commission to investigate maternity care in Southwark and make recommendations about how services can better meet our resident’s needs.

Who we want to hear from

We want to hear from women and people who have had a pregnancy and their families’ experiences both positive and negative, so we can understand how to improve services. If you’ve used maternity services over the last five years, please tell us about your experiences. If you don’t feel comfortable responding to this survey, please feel free to have a partner or family member respond for you. 

We particularly want to hear from women and people who give birth who are:

  • Black
  • Asian
  • from a minority ethnic background
  • white residents on lower incomes
  • asylum seekers or refugees living in Southwark
  • those living with long term conditions and/or disabilities

Prize draw for a £50 Love2shop voucher for completing the survey

To thank you for sharing your experiences, you can enter a prize draw, with five £50 Love2shop vouchers available. If you wish to enter the draw, provide your email address at the end of the survey.

How you can give your feedback on maternity care 

There are different ways you can take part in the commission and help to influence maternity care in Southwark:

  1. Respond to the short version of this survey rating your experience of maternity care (approximately 5 minutes to complete)
  2. Respond to the longer version of this survey which asks you to share more detail about your experiences (approximately 15 minutes to complete)
  3. Leave your contact details at the end so we talk to you about your experiences
  4. Attend an interview or a focus group with other women and people who give birth
  5. Share your experience at a public commission meeting

Some of the questions in our longer survey may include sensitive information about miscarriage and stillbirth. Do not feel you must answer all the questions if you are finding some difficult. We appreciate that completing the survey may be upsetting. If you or family members need support with your mental health there is a range of help in Southwark.

Find out more about the maternity commission and what will happen with the information you share.

Give us your views


  • Meeting one: Introduction to the Southwark Maternity Commission

    From 23 Jan 2024 at 10:00 to 23 Jan 2024 at 12:00

    Venue: Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH

    The meeting will involve:

    Presentation of national and local data on maternity care and evidence of broad inequalities
    Overview of national and local policy around maternity care

  • Meeting two: Listening to local frontline voices

    From 14 Mar 2024 at 17:30 to 14 Mar 2024 at 20:30

    Venue: Ann Bernadt Nursery
    29 Chandler Way, London SE15 6DT
    Key audience for this meeting: health professionals, the public.

    At the meeting we will:

    Hear from local frontline maternity care professionals.
    Review of how their experiences align with policy and where delivery falls short of guidance to reduce health inequalities in maternity care

  • Meeting three: Listening to people who use the Southwark maternity care services

    From 17 Apr 2024 at 10:00 to 17 Apr 2024 at 12:30

    Venue: Rye Oak Children & Family Centre,
    Whorlton Rd, London SE15 3PD

    At the meeting:

    We will hear from service users about their experiences accessing maternity care
    Evidence on local inequalities will be presented

  • Meeting four: Focus on inequalities for Black people who have been or are pregnant

    From 22 May 2024 at 10:00 to 22 May 2024 at 12:30

    Venue: TBC

    At the meeting we will hear:

    How access, experience and outcomes vary for women and people who give birth from Black ethnic backgrounds
    Accounts of personal experiences which will be central to this meeting

  • Meeting five: Recommendations based on your views on maternity care

    From 24 Jul 2024 at 10:00 to 24 Jul 2024 at 12:30

    Venue: Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH

    At the meeting we will:

    Review emerging recommendations based on evidence gathered to date​
    Focus on new actions needed while recognising existing activities that are helping to reduce health inequalities in maternity care

  • Meeting six: Southwark-wide organisational commitments to maternity care changes

    From 25 Sep 2024 at 10:00 to 25 Sep 2024 at 12:30

    Venue: Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH

    The final meeting will:

    Invite organisations to commit to make meaningful change
    Form the basis of a multi-organisation public declaration for change


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