Maternity Voices Partnership

A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a team of people who provide feedback about their local maternity system. The panel includes maternity professionals (like midwives and doctors) and people with direct personal experience of the service, including women who have been pregnant and given birth, and their family members.

National Maternity Voices – Networking Maternity Voices Partnerships in England

Southampton

Hi, my name is Emma and I’m the Chair of Southampton and South West Hampshire Maternity Voices Partnership. I have 2 children aged 6 and 4 who were both born at the Princess Anne Hospital.

Since the start of Southampton MVP in September 2020, we have worked on some fantastic projects which have made a real difference to the care which women, birthing people and their families receive. Some areas which we have worked on are- partner’s involvement/staying on the wards, experiences of those from ethnic minorities, postnatal care, care for those having a caesarean under general anaesthetic and infant feeding support.

This year we have been working on a few key areas, these are -

*Induction of labour

*Improving the experiences of those giving birth in theatre

*Communication

I regularly spend time out at local baby and parent groups and events which gives me a great opportunity to speak to new parents and hear your feedback about the care you have received. This feedback helps to inform us and the Maternity Services of the areas which are working well and areas which we could look at making improvements.

Contact details- Emma Batt (Chairperson) southamptonmaternityvoices@gmail.com

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/southamptonmvp

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Hampshire (Winchester and Basingstoke)

My name is Mindy, I am the chair of Hampshire Maternity Voices. I have chaired the Hampshire MVP for more than ten years. Maternity Voices Partnerships bring together service users, commissioners and midwives with the aim to constantly improve and develop services for women and their families. I am passionate about improving the birth experience for all families using the local services - however and wherever they choose to give birth. I work closely with the senior midwifery teams and commissioners across Hampshire as well as being involved in the regional and national networks of MVP chairs lobbying for change at a national level.

I have three children and since becoming the chairperson of the MVP I have trained as a breastfeeding counsellor, which has given me the opportunity to continue to meet expectant parents and women in the postnatal period, and to hear their experiences. Recent MVP projects include working on information for women who are transferred out of Hampshire when there are staffing issues, feeding back on the effectiveness of the new digital notes, working with the digital midwifery team on the HHFT maternity website and developing the Hampshire maternity options for consultation on the new national programme of hospital building. 

Contact details: Facebook 

northhantsmslc@live.co.uk

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Isle of Wight

My name is Lynsey Stanton, I'm the chair for the island's MVP. I have three children aged 16, 12 and 2. 

Our MVP is now a varied, engaging hub and we warmly welcome all island families and their valuable insights.

You can often find us visiting local pregnancy and baby groups and connecting with various organisations such as Barnardos, to help gather feedback from families around their maternity experiences. We use these reflections to work alongside our maternity teams to coproduce services, helping to make them as family centred as possible. We are always happy to meet with families individually or a time and place that works for them.

We also focus on three/ four detailed areas per year, where service user input and lived experience is vital. This year, together, we are working on postnatal care, dads and partners insights, tongue tie and antenatal education. 

If you would like to share feedback with us, take part in one of our working groups, or find out about our volunteer opportunities, please do get in touch.

Contact Details: Lynsey Stanton (Chairperson) lynsey.stanton@nhs.net, 07507542176 for WhatsApp, or find us on Facebook Maternity Voices IOW.

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Portsmouth

My name is Qamer Yasin. I am the chair of Portsmouth & South East Hants Maternity Voices Partnership.

Qasim.jpgI am an experienced programme leader and coach, delivering corporate, strategic, and operational objectives in a political and business environment. I thrive on creating opportunities to enhance performance and reputation. I am experienced in working in housing and homelessness field, working with and for extremely vulnerable people. I have worked in this field across all housing sectors for over 30 years and have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect and role I have worked in. I am also a board member for a local housing association and been a volunteer at QA hospital for the past three years. This gives me the opportunity to serve the communities I live in.  I am extremely pleased that I have been successful in getting the position of Chair for the MVP and promise to do my very best in helping address our challenges and meet our targets.

I’m a single parent, and a very proud mum of my 24-Year-old son who has recently qualified as a Chemical Engineer. I am very happy and pleased to be living in Hampshire, on the outskirts of the Southdowns’ where I enjoy walking/trekking, cycling, and running.

 I am experienced in providing positive leadership through ‘walking the talk’, motivating and supporting others and demonstrating professional integrity.  I am enjoying meeting and working with as many MVP related professionals and service users as I can, so that I can learn, discover and help take services forward. 

Over the past year at Portsmouth and South East Hants Maternity Voiced partnership has been listening to and supporting service users and service user support networks to better understand local needs and priorities. So far, we have identified the following priority areas which we are working on in partnership with the Trust:

  • Personalised care/service
  • Feeding support
  • Mental Health support
  • Bereavement
  • Induction

The Portsmouth & South East Hants Maternity Voices Partnership’s primary role, function and purpose is to:

Be the link in making sure the voice of our service users shapes the future of maternity services, by giving individualised care and promoting inclusivity. 

We work in partnership and alongside practitioners from the NHS trust and many other charitable and voluntary maternity service providers.

We are keen to ensure service users feedback on birthing, ante and postnatal experiences are captured and we can feedback into the system so that improvements can be considered and made.

Contact details: qamer.joannamvp@gmail.com, 07870 671496​​​​

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