Transforming maternity services in the Black Country

Across the Black Country, NHS organisations, Healthwatch, women and their families are working together to develop maternity services.

In February 2016, NHS England published the national maternity review which sets out a vision for maternity services across the country to become safer, more personalised and family friendly. It called on local areas to ensure every woman has access to unbiased and trusted information to help them to make decisions about themselves and their baby.

The Black Country Local Maternity System (LMS) includes representatives from:

  • Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Healthwatch representatives from Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton
  • NHS England
  • Patient representatives from the local maternity voices partnership
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Walsall Healthcare Trust NHS Trust
  • Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group

The Black Country LMS have been looking at how services are currently delivered and what needs to change to deliver the vision described in the national maternity review. They have also been reviewing feedback from women and families so that they can develop a plan for how local maternity services should be delivered by 2020/21.

How can you get involved?

Attend a ‘Whose Shoes?’ listening workshop!

As part of our commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity 180327 030services, ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops have been organised across the Black Country.

The purpose of the workshops is to bring people that are involved or that have experienced maternity services together.

This will be an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of women and their families.

If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be living in the Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton area, please attend and share your views, experiences or ideas.

The ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops take place on:

  • Tuesday 17 July 2018, 10am-2pm at Grand Station, Sun Street, Wolverhampton WV10 0BF - Book here

To book your place, click on the booking links above, email or telephone 01902 603054. For more information on 'Whose Shoes?' visit their website.

Previous events were held on:

  • Friday 01 December 2017, 9.30am-12.30pm at Rooms 12 and 13 in the Manor Learning and Conference Centre at Walsall Manor Hospital, Moat Road, Walsall, WS2 9PS
  • Tuesday 27 March 2018, 10am-2pm at Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Birmingham New Rd, Dudley, DY1 4SB
  • Wednesday 28 March 2018, 10am-2pm at The Post Graduate Centre, City Hospital, Dudley Rd, Birmingham B18 7QH

Join your local maternity voice partnership

If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be, the Black Country maternity voices partnership would love to hear 180327 002from you!

Whatever stage you’re at in the maternity journey, your experience and views will help us to understand what women and their families want and need from local maternity services.

If you would like to get involved in your local maternity voices partnership, please email your name and contact details to