Babies Born Better is a long term project examining the views and experiences of women who have given birth in the last 3 years. The aim of the Babies Born Better project is to become a major resource for the improvement of maternal and childbirth care around the world. By finding out what works, for whom and in what circumstances, the project data will provide insight into best practice during birth.

The website is a portal to the Babies Born Better survey, a multi language survey that is available world wide. Along with access to the survey, the website will present findings, publications and details of researchers and their associated work with the survey data.

The survey came out of the work of the COST Action IS0907: Changing childbirth cultures and consequences. This was a 4 year EU funded networking project which involved over 120 participants from 26 countries. The Action’s aim was to advance scientific knowledge about ways of improving maternity care provision and outcomes for mothers, babies and families across Europe by understanding what works, for who, in what circumstances , and by identifying and learning from the best.

The survey has subsequently been supported and further developed as a key part of a second COST Action IS1405 Building Intrapartum Research Through Health – an interdisciplinary whole system approach to understanding and contextualising physiological labour and birth (BIRTH)

One of the key underlying elements of the Action was the principle Salutogenesis. This approach supports a focus on the promotion of well-being for individuals and communities. In terms of maternity care, this means rejecting a focus on pathology and considering what factors promote positive outcomes. It supports an approach which seeks to explore which practices and approaches support good outcomes and positive experiences for mothers, babies and families and how maternity services can learn from these practices and philosophies. This underlying philosophy and an increasing awareness of the variety of women’s experiences  of birth and the range of childbirth cultures and practices across Europe led the Action to look for a way of investigating women’s experiences of birth. The Action wanted to identify and locate where women had positive birth experiences and received excellent care. Mapping these results would allow us to identify where good practice was happening and then learn from this best practice to support positive change. However, while our focus was on positive practice, we were also aware that the survey would highlight places and situations where women had poor experiences of maternity care.

Details of the Steering group and  country coordinators  can be found in the links below:

Steering Group

Country Coordinators

If you a researcher or are interested in accessing the B3 data please visit out accessing data page for more information.