Across the Black Country and West Birmingham, 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:
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.
If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be, the Black Country Maternity Voices Partnership would love to hear from 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.
The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a forum for maternity service users and local maternity staff to come together to design services that meet the needs of local women and families in the Black Country and West Birmingham.
Members include mums, dads, parents-to-be, grandparents, NHS doctors and midwives from the local area and members of local community groups who provide their services and support to mums-to-be and new parents and babies.
Being part of the MVP is a great way for you and your family to share your views and experiences of maternity care in the Black Country and West Birmingham.
The feedback and opinions you share are so important to the development of local maternity services and will help us to understand what women and their families want and need from every stage of their maternity journey.
There are also opportunities to meet and talk to other parents and discuss maternity care with local NHS staff.
You can join a Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) depending on where you live. We encourage all expectant and new parents as well as their families to connect to their local MVP group.
Whether you attend once or come to every meeting, your views are invaluable in helping us develop local maternity services.
If you wish to join any of the Walsall meetings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
All meetings are held at Coseley Health and Family Centre, Bayer Street, Coseley, WV14 9DS.
All meetings are held at Children’s Village, Graisley Lane, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, WV11 1PE.
Sandwell and West Birmingham
If you are interested in joining your local MVP group in Sandwell and West Birmingham please contact SWBCCG.email@example.com
Babies and children are very welcome to attend these meetings.
If you would like to join your local MVP or would like to share your views on maternity services in the Black Country or West Birmingham, please email:
Sandwell and West Birmingham: SWBCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also stay up to date by following us on Twitter at @local_maternity
As part of our commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services, ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops were organised across the Black Country and West Birmingham.
The purpose of these workshops was to bring people that are involved or that have experienced maternity services together.
This is was an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of women and their families.
If you would like to share views, experiences or ideas then we encourage you to connect to your local MVP group.