We have a number of Maternity Voice Partnership groups across the Humber, Coast and Vale partnership area, who all work together to ensure that we provide consistent information and support for women and families.
The aim of the groups is to ensure that maternity service commissioners and providers of the local maternity services hear and take account of the views of women and families using those services.
To provide maternity care that is personalised, it is essential to hear the personal experiences of those who use them and work collaboratively with women and their families to co-design maternity services. Placing women and their families at the centre, along with midwives, obstetricians and commissioners means that collaborative work can occur to review contribute to and co-design local maternity care.
If you would like to get involved with the MVP for your local area please email:
East Riding: eastridingMVP@icloud.com
Coast and Country: firstname.lastname@example.org
York and District: email@example.com
North and North East Lincolnshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the MVP can be found on their dedicated website
In 2019, a comprehensive survey of mums to be, families, staff and other stakeholders took place to understand what they wanted from the Local Maternity System. A summary of this survey and some of the results is shown below. Please use the contact page to let us know if you have any further views to add around any of the topics in this survey.
We are asking your views about how information is shared about choices in pregnancy (such as where to give birth) with women and their partners. We need to know the best way to share that information so it is quick, easy and clear for mums-to-be to see. We also asked: where did you get information about your choices in pregnancy; what made you feel this was the best place to get information; questions about what information you need to make choices in a pregnancy, such as choosing where to have your baby (at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital) and which birth centre/maternity unit to use.
- 559 service user responses, (131 online, 428 paper) 493 mums and mums-to-be
- 81 midwife responses
- Responses from service users in 72 postcode areas, eg HU1, YO24, DN34
- All ages reached, but we need to reach more younger mums
- All ethnic groups reached, but we need to reach more mums from ethnic minorities
The overall result of this survey was that the majority of families would like to access information via a website with parent experience as a focus. Some families stated they would prefer paper records. The ongoing work with the Maternity Voices partnership and the Local Maternity System is to embed this wishes into service provision and to act on patient experience to inform future services.