Parents given a strong voice on improving maternity services in Sandwell and West Birmingham

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Parents and their families can now have a strong say on how maternity services in Sandwell and West Birmingham can be improved by joining a new Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP).

We are holding two launch events in February and March so that parents and their families can join the MVP and give their views on maternity services.

The events are being held on 26 February at City Hospital Post Graduate Dining Room from 10am – 2pm and on 4 March at Sandwell Hospital Education Centre Conference Room from 9am – 1pm. Babies and children are welcome at these events. A number of local organisations will also be on hand to give help and advice including Sandwell Family Information Service, Breastfeeding Network Sandwell, Happy Sling Lady, Public Health –Healthy Sandwell, Bethel Doula Information and Sandwell Libraries Service.

An MVP is a team of parents and their families, commissioners and providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care.
The MVP will link to other groups across Sandwell and West Birmingham including harder to reach groups and individuals, so that together their personal experiences can help paint a picture of what maternity services are like from the very beginning and all the way through to after giving birth.

Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

“Patients are at the heart of everything we do and actively listening to the views and experiences of those who use our maternity services is crucial so that we can continue to make the experience of having a baby in our area even better. So, we are delighted to be launching this exciting new initiative in Sandwell and West Birmingham to ensure that that the voice of mothers and fathers is at the heart of all decisions about maternity care. This is yet another strong example of how we are transforming patient care through partnership and innovation.

“All the women and their families who use our service can now have a strong voice and can help shape our future. The MVP will be an important 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 Sandwell and West Birmingham.

“Being part of the MVP is a great way for patients to express their views on the maternity care received during pregnancy, throughout the birth and postnatal care. We hope that many mothers, fathers and their families will join us at the meetings and become key members of the MVP as it is by hearing their experiences and recognising their needs that we can improve services for all.“

Lydia Nestor, Consultant Midwife for Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, said: “As a Trust we are committed to providing care that is personalised. Hearing the first-hand experiences of those that use our service is a vital step in co-designing our local services as part of the Maternity transformation plan. We look forward to building stronger links with our women, their families and the wider stakeholder groups across our healthcare system.

“Our aim is to set up an effective partnership group (Maternity Voices Partnership) a forum where service improvements can be developed together. In doing this we will ensure that women and their families are at the centre of all we do.”

For more information about the launch events or how to join the MVP please find the Facebook group here https://www.facebook.com/groups/305192150120238 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.