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 received more than 6,000 responses, and researchers from WSU are working on a range of papers on the findings.

The BESt study has resulted in a number of articles of interest, including those linked below from ‘The Conversation’: