Mothers in Sweden increasingly satisfied with maternity care: report

Mothers in Sweden increasingly satisfied with maternity care: report
Is the standard of maternity care improving? File photo: Christine Olsson / TT
The proportion of women who are satisfied with the level of maternity care they receive in Sweden is increasing, a new report from the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) shows.

A total of 52 percent of women who gave birth in Sweden reported that they were “very satisfied” with the care they received, up from 47 percent three years ago.

SKL and the government agreed on an extra investment for maternity care in 2015, and since then Sweden's regions have received over 3 billion kronor in extra government grants.

Swedish healthcare is decentralized, which means it is the regional councils which have responsibility for healthcare although the government can set guidelines.

More than two thirds of this money has been used to hire new staff. At the same time however, several regions said they have been unable to meet their staffing needs even with the extra funding.

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proportion – andel

maternity care – förlossningsvård

childbirth – förlossning

government grant/subsidy – statsbidrag

at the same time – samtidigt

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