Welcome to the Black Country Local Maternity System

We are a partnership of NHS maternity providers, commissioners, maternity healthcare services and Maternity Voices Partnerships working together across Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and West Birmingham to improve the way maternity services are delivered to women, their babies and their families.

The Five Year Forward View report for Maternity Services (Better Births) was published by NHS England in 2016. The review highlighted how maternity services need to change to meet the needs of the local population.

The requirements of Better Births are to improve choice and personalisation of maternity services so that:

  • All pregnant women have a personalised care plan;
  • All women are able to make choices about their maternity care, during pregnancy, birth and after their baby is born;
  • Most women receive continuity of the person caring for them during pregnancy, birth and after their baby is born;
  • More women are able to give birth in midwifery settings (at home and in midwifery units).

In response to the report local maternity systems have been set up across the country to deliver the recommended changes and improve outcomes for women and their babies.

By March 2021…

Through collaboration, we are committed to deliver high quality maternity services across the Black Country and West Birmingham shaped by the voices of local people. Our aim is to provide safe, personalised and responsive maternity services and ensure every woman and baby receives the best possible care.

This will enable more women and their families to:

  • Make an informed choice of where they would like to have their baby and the type of care they want to receive.
  • Be better informed about every stage of their pregnancy and labour which is tailored to their personal care.
  • To know the midwife who is caring for them throughout their pregnancy, birth and when their baby is born.
  • Feel emotionally supported throughout their pregnancy and after the baby is born.
  • Be able to make informed choices about making healthy lifestyle changes to ensure a healthy pregnancy for mum and baby.

We have been committed and will continue to be committed to listening to women, their families and healthcare professionals to ensure everyone works together to contribute, review and be involved in how services are designed and delivered.

Key messages from a series of listening events, which was an opportunity to discuss what is needed within local maternity services to feel supported and listened to, showed that having personalised care plans and ensuring that women and their families were involved in decision making was key to ensuring they felt at the centre of their care.

Black Country mental health service provides care and treatment to local mums

New and expectant mums living in the Black Country and West Birmingham can now access care and treatment from a specialist perinatal community mental health service. The service provides care and treatment to women with moderate to severe mental health difficulties related to preconception, pregnancy and after they give birth.

Are you a new or expectant mum who is struggling and needing some extra help or support? Speak to your midwife or GP who will be able to offer you support and if appropriate they can refer you to a specialist clinic. There you will receive high quality care from a team of professionals who will work together to provide a comprehensive service to you and your infant.

New maternity technology to steer mums through pregnancy

BadgerNet Maternity app is a full end-to-end, paperless maternity system allowing clinicians to spend more time with the women and babies they are looking after. It allows real-time recording of all events wherever they occur: in the hospital, community, or home.

For new mums they will be able to access essential information including contact numbers for their maternity unit and what to do if they have reduced movements.  It also means that if attending a hospital out of area, they can log on and access their notes including blood group etc.

This will go live across three of our four maternity units, with the other maternity unit joining later.

How can I get involved?

Joining a Maternity Voices Partnership

MVP’s have been created nationally to ensure those using maternity services are at the centre of how services should be caring for new and expectant mums.

Our local MVP’s are listening to new and future parents, their families, midwives, patient representatives and community services/charities who have an interest in improving maternity services across Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham.

Why should I get involved?

People are sharing personal experiences of how maternity services are being delivered and how they would like them to be delivered in the future.

MVP’s also provide a place to learn more about the maternity services available locally to support women throughout their pregnancy.

Accessing your local Maternity Voice Partnership

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. Babies and children are very much welcomed.

Walsall

Wednesday 18th September 2019 10am – 12pm
Wednesday 20th November 2019 10am – 12pm

If you wish to join any of the Walsall meetings, please contact walsall.mvp@nhs.net

Dudley

Monday 11th November 2019 at 9.30am – 11.30am
Monday 10th Feb 2019 at 9.30am – 11.30am
Monday 11th May 2019 at 9.30am – 11.30am

All meetings are held at Coseley Health and Family Centre, Bayer Street, Coseley, WV14 9DS.

Wolverhampton

Thursday 10th October 2019 at 10.30am – 12pm

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.engagement@nhs.net

How do I join?

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:

Walsall: walsall.mvp@nhs.net
Dudley: Dudleyccg.dudleymvp@nhs.net
Wolverhampton: wolccg.wccg@nhs.net
Sandwell and West Birmingham:  SWBCCG.engagement@nhs.net

You can also stay up to date by following us on Twitter at @local_maternity.

Please click here to view and download the Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity System Poster.

Where to give birth?

NHS Choices is a great source of information for the options available to you when it comes to choosing where you would like to give birth as well as providing a full list of maternity services available to you locally.

The Which? Birth Choice tool which is supported by the Royal College of Midwives has been developed to help women and their partners make confident and informed decisions when planning where to give birth.