As part of the Black Country CCGs commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services, ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops were organised across the Black Country. Pregnant women and new mums in Walsall were invited to share their views on local maternity services so that we could better understand what women and their families want and need at every stage of their maternity journey. The workshops were an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand their experiences of maternity services and attracted over 100 women.

To capture the views and experiences of local mums in a creative and informative way, a graphic illustrator attended each of the workshops and making a live visual drawing of the feedback and comments shared in the session. This is what local people told us:

The feedback and experiences captured at the workshops were used to develop an action plan to improve maternity services across the Black Country by 2020.

Following the success of the workshops and the need to feedback to the local mums and their families who attended, a ‘You Said, We Did’ Event was organised in September 2018. The event was an opportunity to feedback to mums, their families and maternity staff on how their views and experiences had been used to shape improvements plans for the future.

An interactive presentation was delivered on the day to highlight the importance of co-production with mums and families, highlighting the set-up of Maternity Voice Partnerships across the Black Country and feedback and next steps. View or download the presentation here to read more.

View our easy-read ‘You Said, We Did’ image below to find out how the views and experiences of local mums and their families are making a difference…

Find out more about the Black Country and Local Maternity System and how to get involved in a local Maternity Voice Partnership on our dedicated webpage.