Would you like to make a difference to your local maternity services?
What is the Maternity Voices Partnership?
The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a forum for maternity service users, providers and commissioners of maternity services to come together to design services that meet the needs of local women, parents and families in the Morecambe Bay area.
Members include mums, dads, parents-to-be, grandparents, NHS doctors and midwives from the local area and members of local community groups who provide their services and support to expectant mums and new parents and babies.
Meetings are held on a two monthly basis in a relaxed atmosphere to encourage people to discuss their experiences. Whether you attend once or come to every meeting, these opportunities for discussion are invaluable in helping us develop your local maternity services. Service users also hold their own informal groups in between the full MVP.
I have young children. How can I attend?
Babies and children are welcome at these meetings. We aim to hold meetings in local Children’s Centres, where possible.
Alternatively, we can reimburse childcare expenses on production of a receipt from an Ofsted accredited childcare provider. We also reimburse travel expenses on submission of a mileage claim form.
Why should I get involved?
Being part of the MVP is a great way for you to express your views on the maternity care received during pregnancy, throughout the birth and postnatal care.
There are opportunities to meet and talk to other parents either individually or in a group setting about your experiences of maternity care in our area.
We value your views and opinions, as these enable us to shape the future of your maternity services. By giving us your feedback we can make real change to the care mums, dads, parents to be and grandparents recieve. You can read here examples of changes that have take place as a result of feedback to University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT). We have also been working with UHMBT and have influenced the content of the new app which brings together pregnancy and newborn information in one place you can read more about the app and how to access it here
MVPs were originally called Maternity Service Liaison Committees (MSLCs). Nationally, these are now evolving into MVPs. National Maternity Voices is the national group of MVP service user chairs in England. They provide networking, advice and mentoring for chairs and service user members. For more information go to the National Maternity Voices website.
We also have a Facebook page you can follow: https://www.facebook.com/baywidemvp/
Reports and information
You can access the groups terms of reference using the following link:
Download the 2018 Maternity Voices Partnership Annual Report
Download the 2017 Bay-Wide Maternity Voices Partnership Annual Report
Download the 2016 Maternity Matters Annual Report.
You can also view the results of the maternity services survey completed by Healthwatch November 2015 by using the following links: