Updated on 21 Feb 2018
Previously known as Maternity Services Liaison Committees, a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a group of women and their families, commissioners and providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care.
The aim of the York District Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is to ensure that maternity service commissioners, NHS Vale of York CCG and the local maternity services hear and take account of the views of women and families using the service.
To provide maternity care that is personalised, it is essential to hear the personal experiences of those who use them and work collaboratively with women and their families to co-design maternity services. Placing women and their families at the centre, along with midwives, obstetricians and commissioners means that collaborative work can occur to review contribute to and co-design local maternity care.
Emily Pickard, Chair of the York & District Maternity Voices Partnership.
I am a local parent to 2 girls and I chair the York & District MVP meetings which take place around every 3 months. I am passionate about making life easier for parents and parents-to-be in York. As well as looking after my own 2 girls, I run York Mumbler and I took on the role of MVP chair to help ensure that the local parents voices are being heard when decisions are being made within maternity services. The meetings involve bringing together professionals from maternity services and other organisations working with women and families who use the services. The idea is to inform and guide professionals working at the hospital trusts about women’s experience of the treatment they've received; being pregnant, giving birth and after care concerning their health and wellbeing. I'm looking for volunteers to help promote the MVP group, and gather feedback from other mums from a wide background who want their voices to be heard.
The future meetings are being set and information will be available on this website soon.
If you have recently used maternity services in the last two years and would like to contribute and be involved, whether that is in person or virtually then please contact Emily Pickard by e-mail: yorkdistrictMVP@gmail.com.
Some examples of the work that we have done through this service user forum:
Survey for pregnant women, mums and partners
We are updating our services to pregnant women and mums who need mental health support. As part of the research for this new perinatal mental health service wanted to better understand what a service should be like and would work best for women and their families. We asked new and expectant mums and their families to provide their feedback through a short survey to help us to gather valuable information and opinions, which will help to inform any future service development.
Helping us define our priorities for maternity services and raising the profile of maternity voices partnerships.
Maternity Voices Event - 30 May 2018
As part as our work to increase engagement and seek opinions about certain aspects of maternity services in relation to the national maternity review called ‘Better Births’, we attended a children’s activity day event in York on Wednesday 30 May at the Mount School, Dalton Terrace.
We had a stall next to the baby play sessions and talked to parents about their experience of care, what they though was important and how they might like to be involved in helping to develop your local maternity services. They told us that the following priorities were important to them: Better postnatal and perinatal mental health care, continuity of carer and personalised care. This feedback will contribute to the work plan for the MVP during 2019/20.
We hope to hold more events in 2019/20 to get out and about and listen to our population.
Useful websites and resources:
National maternity voices partnership (MVP) website: http://nationalmaternityvoices.org.uk/
National Maternity Review: Better Births
Better Births, the report of the National Maternity Review was published in February 2016 and set out a clear vision: for maternity services across England to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly; where every woman has access to information to enable her to make decisions about her care; and where she and her baby can access support that is centred on their individual needs and circumstances. It also calls for all staff to be supported to deliver care which is women centred, working in high performing teams, in organisations which are well led and in cultures which promote innovation, continuous learning, and break down organisational and professional boundaries. More information can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/mat-transformation/
What is a local maternity system? Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKs6h-AcXdk