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NOW CLOSED: Pregnant or have a child aged up to 18 months old? Take a short survey for NHS Choices. A £250 John Lewis voucher could be won

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 24-May-11 13:58:51

We've been asked by NHS Choices to find UK based folks willing to complete their short survey about the key questions you have about pregnancy, childbirth and caring for small babies.

They say "NHS Choices is planning to improve the information we offer to new parents. We would like to know the key questions you have about pregnancy, childbirth and caring for small babies. Please tell us about any questions that you have no matter how silly or embarrassing they may seem. It can be anything at all from 'How can I avoid stretch marks?' to 'What is the safest position to lay a baby down to sleep?'"

"It doesn't matter if you know the answers to the questions or not - it's just your questions that we want to collect so we can make sure we have the answers next time someone asks. Thank you for agreeing to help us with this important research. On completion of the survey your name will be entered into a draw where one person who completes the survey will win a £250 John Lewis voucher"

So please take a few minutes to add your views to their survey - add your email address at the end to be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 John Lewis voucher - please note the survey is being promoted via other channels so it may not be a MNer that wins. Once the prize draw has been made, all email addresses will be deleted and you will not receive any marketing as a result.

The survey is open to everyone in the UK who is either currently pregnant (or whose partner is currently pregnant) or has a baby or toddler aged up to 18 months old.

Do feel free to pass on the link to your partner.

The survey link is here
Thanks, MNHQ

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 24-May-11 15:40:32


Mellowfruitfulness Tue 24-May-11 18:33:08

Who is NHS Choices? What do you do?

galois Tue 24-May-11 18:58:24

That has to be the most poorly designed survey I have ever filled in on MN. I'm on my 3rd child. I don't have 5 questions for every stage. The lack of contextual and background information is going to give the survey designers the quality of responses they deserve, I'm afraid. It looks as though a work experience student knocked this together in 10 minutes.

Adair Tue 24-May-11 19:06:36

Agree. I gave up. Too much work.

Creamandcustard Tue 24-May-11 19:08:26

I agree with galois , very poorly designed. No back button to edit answers. I'm also expecting my 3rd dc and the survey could easily have been better designed to get some decent answers from me.

doughnutty Tue 24-May-11 19:09:21

Done. But dont know why they dont just refer to other sites (like mumsnet) for info on some things.
Saying that would be good if all local info on antenatal classes etc was centralised somewhere.

that survey is ridiculous - I can't see how it will lead to anything useful at all. I certainly couldn't think of 5 questions for each stage. Again I have 3 children, and any of my questions have mostly been unique to issues involving each child. Odd.

TeddyMcardle Tue 24-May-11 19:20:26

Done, anything for the chance of a John Lewis voucher wink

Chipotle Tue 24-May-11 19:53:21

I can't think of any questions? The kind of questions I had during pregnancy aren't of any interest to the NHS e.g. Where can I get a decent breastfeeding bra? Do I need to buy a Moses basket as well as a cot? etc... Therefore I gave up!
Only the NHS could have produced such a poor survey?

Mellowfruitfulness Tue 24-May-11 20:00:42

Is it the NHS though? I've never heard of them.

aStarInStrangeways Tue 24-May-11 20:05:44

What Teddy said, basically.

YesterdaysPants Tue 24-May-11 20:14:51

I'm pg with my first so had to miss loads, but I think I had lots of good questions in the bits I could do. I thought the same format of question for all the stages of pg / childhood was a bit long.

Honeydragon Tue 24-May-11 20:37:09

I gave up, I don't see how they can get any info from that survey, they'd be better of setting a discussion panal up.

SupersonicDave Tue 24-May-11 20:37:57


But done john lewis whore grin

aStarInStrangeways Tue 24-May-11 20:40:49

I agree Honeydragon, it would be much more informative.

Done, why don't they just trawl mumsnet? <picks out Egyptian cotton bedlinen anyway>

MummyBerryJuice Tue 24-May-11 20:50:36

I completed it but really is a rubbish survey. I have no idea how they will be able to get any useful information from it

MummyBerryJuice Tue 24-May-11 20:51:14

Oh, and I'm not entirely sure where I stand on the NHS budget being used for surveys...

PrisonerZero Tue 24-May-11 21:24:06

I completed it for the chance of winning the voucher!

domesticslattern Tue 24-May-11 21:29:37

That really is an awful survey.

<polishes Market Research Society certificate>
<notes whoever designed that survey would not have got past the first module>
<can I have a £250 JL voucher anyway please?>

bringinghomethebacon Tue 24-May-11 21:30:56

Can someone tell me what the very last page says, where (I think) they ask for your email address and something else? I just automatically put my email address and then my mumsnet password in, but I don';t think it was asking for my password was it, probably my username or something. I don't want my mumsnet password published as my username if I am a winner!!!

BlackSwan Tue 24-May-11 21:34:31

I gave up half way through - it's not well structured. So completely basic. Did a preschooler write up the questions. What a waste of NHS money, what do they possibly think they will learn from the answers?

therealmrsbeckham Tue 24-May-11 22:17:06

What an awful survey - I don't know how they will learn anything of benefit from that. Even the lure of JL vouchers couldn't tempt me to complete it!

JollySergeantJackrum Tue 24-May-11 22:30:16

bringinghome the last page asks for your email address and daytime telephone number. They'll be confused when they try to dial it.

Filled it in, but agree that it's rubbish. I don't think NHS choices exist in Scotland anyway.

WickedWitchSouthWest Tue 24-May-11 22:48:27

Completed (another JL whore) but seriously how are they going to collate the data into anything workable?!

seeksnewnamewithgsoh Tue 24-May-11 22:50:02

Are they trying to get some FAQs for their website?

I thought it was a wonderful survey. you can give me the voucher now wink grin

bringinghomethebacon Tue 24-May-11 23:45:24

Ah thanks Jolly, yes that's effectively got me out of them cold calling me !

Done and hoping for the vouchers grin I need a baby blanket and don't like the cheap ones! And for that reason only, I think I deserve them wink

Honeydragon Wed 25-May-11 09:00:31

I think they pull 'em out a hat MrsRhett, not give them to the most worthy wink

Well you never know honey It's a serious matter it is
<cue film of ridiculously cute tiny newborn shivering and blanketless gazing up with trusting eyes at whoever's in charge of 'picking from a hat'> wink

PussinJimmyChoos Wed 25-May-11 09:54:26

What a pile of sh*t....I wonder how much NHS money is going into this that could be better utlised?? This survey will not tell them much!!

nickelbabe Wed 25-May-11 11:37:32

I've done the survey, but am a bit confused - why arethey asking us what questions we've got without even prompting what they might be?

They could have put the questions in proper categories:
morning sickness/tiredness
where the birth will happen
midwives' appointments
etc, then it would be easier to work out what questions to ask.

GemmaNHSChoices Wed 25-May-11 12:17:55

Thank you all for your comments. Just to give a bit more context, NHS Choices is the online 'front door' to the NHS. The site provides a wealth of information on healthy living, health conditions, finding local health services and has an interactive pregnancy planner as well as lots of information about pregnancy and looking after small babies. We are looking to expand the information that we offer to parents and the purpose of this survey is to explore the questions that parents need answers to so that we can go away and develop ways of answering those questions in the most informative way. It doesn't matter what your questions are or whether they are related to healthcare specifically, it is just the actual questions that we are interested in. For example, I have a 14 month old daughter and the questions on my mind are a) are there any benefits of giving formula instead of cows milk at this age? b) should I pay to get my daughter vaccinated against chickenpox? c) when to buy proper walking shoes?

Once we have collated everyones questions we will explore ways in which we can provide answers which are both easy to find and in an easily digestible format.

Thanks for all those who have completed this survey so far, I hope this post helps to explain what we are trying to get out of this

Honeydragon Wed 25-May-11 14:32:15

Good for you for coming on and explaining Gemma smile. I think you'll get a lot of the answers you need by trawling the questions that come up on pregnancy, health and behaviour and development a lot quicker than the survey, and a better idea of the concerns around the questions. Although I am happier with the survey, as at least we get bribed with a JL voucher lottery wink

<shameless poor freebie whore>

GemmaNHSChoices Thu 26-May-11 09:30:14

Thanks for your feedback Honeydragon smile, we will also be going through websites and forums to get a real understanding of the questions and the issues that surround them. This trawl will sit alongside the results of the survey to give us a comprehensive picture

Honeydragon Thu 26-May-11 12:05:41

ooooh look MNHQ have given you posh highlights grin

<does not worthy dance>

corblimeymadam Sat 28-May-11 16:12:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

libelulle Sat 28-May-11 17:05:44

I lost the will to live after page two. Even before then I was scraping the barrel to think of five questions I had about each stage, so most of my questions weren't actually real concerns. I don't really want to know when my baby will roll over for the first time, I just wanted 250quids worth of JL

stressheaderic Sat 28-May-11 17:55:13

Love the shamelessness of this thread.

Another voucher whore here - worst survey I've ever done on Mumsnet. Must have took all of 5 minutes to 'design' it.

onadietcokebreak Sat 28-May-11 19:12:37

Agree gotta be the worst survey ever

gkys Sat 28-May-11 19:23:25

done but terrible survey, agree it was worth it for the chance of vouchers wink

DuelingFanjo Sat 28-May-11 19:25:14

I used it as an opportunity to ask about nuchal testing, miscarriage tests and strep b as not all are offered on the nhs. I also put in questions about breastfeeding and the correct way to make up formula just incase it resulted in some changes. plus I want the vouchers grin

DuelingFanjo Sat 28-May-11 19:26:12

what I mean is... if enough people ask about strep b maybe they will realise it's a major concern for some.

beanlet Sat 28-May-11 19:39:12

It's too bloody long. Like everything else on the NHS choices website it's so poorly designed it's not funny. I gave up - too much work.

onadietcokebreak Sat 28-May-11 20:15:54

Bugger I forgot about Strep B

ginmakesitallok Sat 28-May-11 20:29:30

I think it was a good survey! Will give NHS Choice a good range of questions and an idea of the most common ones. There was a back button on mine.

smokeybacon Sat 28-May-11 21:01:04

Another voucher ho here too.

A puzzling survey. Have 4 DCs and struggled to really think of any questions. The only ones I filled in were in relation to breast feeding and support from day one. Ie where the hell is it ? <the only pertinent question for all of my babes>

PenguinArmy Sun 29-May-11 03:46:33

I gave up

LadyOfTheFlowers Sun 29-May-11 18:47:12

TBH I found it hard to remember my specific questions at each stage.
After having 4, I didn't really have any questions and IME, the latest preg is the easiest to remember.
I did manage to think of some but certainly couldn't put 5 in each section.
Ah well....

EggyAllenPoe Sun 29-May-11 18:53:12

unfortunatley a question like 'why aren't you walking, talking and generally more interesting yet' (to my 9 monther!) i suspect is not what they are after.. still, after three, it does tend to be that sort of question that troubles me.

mosschops30 Mon 30-May-11 12:48:46

Yes gave up, couldnt even be tempted to complete it with a JL voucher. Very poor survey

microserf Mon 30-May-11 20:56:24

what a rubbish survey. agree with the poster who said it looked like it had been knocked up by a work experience student.

isthismadness Tue 31-May-11 01:15:44

done. forgot abut strep b - hopefully this will be read as well

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