NPEU Publishes You And Your Baby Study

Published on: 30/12/2021

The You and Your Baby 2020 Study Team at the NPEU has now published the findings from You & Your Baby 2020, the latest National Maternity Survey (NMS) carried out by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU).

The survey, which heard from 4,611 women, focused on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on women’s health and care during pregnancy, birth and up to six months after their baby was born.

It shows a big drop in women’s satisfaction with their postnatal care and a rise in levels of anxiety and depression postnatally. Satisfaction with care during pregnancy and birth remained high, despite the fact that many women faced changes to their care as a result of the pandemic.

As well as recruiting women through the Office for National Statistics (ONS), as has been done in all previous national maternity surveys, researchers also invited women to respond through social media; 1,622 women responded that way.

The full report, including findings from all women, can be found here: The Study Team have also produced two infographic summaries of their findings, one from the women recruited through ONS and one from the women recruited through social media. These infographic summaries are also available on the website.

If you would like to know more about the National Maternity Surveys, please visit their website or contact the You & Your Baby 2020 Study Team here.