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Last chance to fill in the Scottish Government's 2018 Maternity Care Survey!  The Maternity Care Survey will soon close so if you have received a survey letter through the post, please help us by completing the paper questionnaire provided or completing it online at www.myonlinesurvey.co.uk/SM18.

Women will only be invited to complete this survey via a letter in the post.  There will be no home visits to support questionnaire completion.  If anyone comes to your door and claims to be conducting a maternity survey on behalf of the Scottish Government, we advise that you decline and report the incident to the Patient Experience team by emailing patientexperience@gov.scot.

Quality Health are managing survey correspondence on behalf of the Scottish Government.


Survey approval and materials

We received full approval to use the data required to sample individuals for the latest Maternity Care Survey and to use a survey contractor to administer the survey.  Approval is from the Public Benefit & Privacy Panel and a copy of the approval letter is available here.

The survey materials have been reviewed and are available for information.  Survey materials include:

There will also be a further two reminder letters sent out.

For more information on how your data that is collected through the survey is used, please read our Privacy Notice.


About the Survey

The Maternity Care Survey asks women about their most recent NHS maternity care experience.  It covers the maternity care journey from antenatal care through to care at home after the birth.

Through the Maternity Care Survey, we want to hear from women across Scotland about their maternity care experiences.  The survey responses inform local services, including NHS Boards, about experiences of maternity care, highlighting where things are going well and where they could be improved.  

The 2018 survey is the third run of the Maternity Care Survey.  It was first run in 2013 and then again in 2015. For further details on each survey, including copies of the questionnaire and all publications, please select the relevant link:

The survey and sampling approach for each survey has been developed by the Scottish Government in consultation with a range of stakeholders including NHS Boards. Each survey involves a random sample of women who have recently given birth being invited to complete a questionnaire. The survey can be completed online; via a paper questionnaire and returned by post or by phone.


If you have any queries about any of the Scottish Care Experience Surveys, please email patientexperience@gov.scot.