Pregnant women and new mums invited to share their views on NHS maternity services

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The NHS in the Black Country is asking pregnant women, new mums and their families to get involved in shaping local maternity services by attending a ‘Whose Shoes?’ listening workshop.

The ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops take place on the 27th and 28th March and aim to understand what women and their families want and need at every stage of their maternity journey and will explore potential options and solutions for the development of local services.

Dr Simon Jenkinson, Clinical Director for West Midlands Maternity Clinical Network, said: “Our aim is to support the delivery of high quality healthcare for women during and after their pregnancy as well as for babies, children and their families.  As part of our remit we are supporting the work taking place in the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) which includes the ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops.

“The views of staff and importantly the women and families using these services is vital.  With their input we can continue to develop maternity services to make them safer and more personalised to meet the needs of women and their families.”

The workshop initiative is part of local NHS organisations and Healthwatch teams working together as a Local Maternity System (LMS).

The LMS has been set up in response to NHS England’s Better Births report, which sets out a vision for safer, more personalised maternity care that reflects women’s choices and offers continuing joined-up care.

Sally Roberts, Senior Officer for the Black Country Local Maternity System said: “These workshops give us a fantastic opportunity to hear the views of women and their families using maternity services. It also allows us to work with women and families to ensure the services we offer women during and after their pregnancy are safer and more personalised.

“Working together across the Black Country we want women and families to feel supported and listened to, ensuring the care they need before, during and after pregnancy is tailored to their needs, safe and delivered in line with their individual birth plan.”

The ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops take place on:

  • Tuesday 27th March 2018, 10am-2pm at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Birmingham New Rd, Dudley, DY1 4SB – Book here
  • Wednesday 28th March 2018, 10am-2pm at The Post Graduate Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Rd, Birmingham B18 7QH – Book here
To book your place or to find out more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01922 603054.


Babies and children are welcome to attend.