Birth Experience Study (BESt)

In 2021, CMS helped support the Birth Experience Study, the largest of its kind in Australia. An initiative of Western Sydney University and BirthTime – the Documentary, the study investigated women’s experiences of accessing maternity care services in Australia over a five-year period.

CMS provided partial funding for the study to be translated into seven additional languages: Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Filipino, Hindi, Thai and Vietnamese. CMS also provided promotional support for the study.

The study has received more than 8,000 responses, and researchers from WSU are now analysing the data in preparation for a report and a range of papers on the findings.

CMS looks forward to sharing the BESt report and associated papers when they are complete.