Our MVP (Maternity Voices Partnership) is still going strong, with the next meeting coming up on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at Stirchley Baths.
The MVP is a team of people who meet to discuss issues related to maternity services in Birmingham and Solihull, based on their own experiences. It 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.
The MVP provides feedback to help make the local systems work as well as they possibly can for everyone involved.
The Birmingham and Solihull MVP is very keen to get more people involved to give feedback from a service users’ perspective, so if you or your immediate family have had experience of the maternity system in the last couple of years, we’d love to hear from you. Mums, dads, partners and grandparents are all welcome and you can bring children to the events, too.
If you’d like to tell your maternity story and help us to give feedback that makes a difference, come along and have your voices heard!
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st May, 10.30am-12.30pm, at Stirchley Baths on Bournville Lane in Stirchley. Children are welcome and we can even pay travel and parking expenses.
As well as chatting about people’s experiences, and hearing from our colleagues at Bump (Birmingham & Solihull United Maternity and Newborn Partnership), we’ll have a feedback presentation from midwives at Heartlands Hospital, where we had a “Fifteen Steps For Maternity Challenge” a few weeks ago.
The Fifteen Steps challenge is a great way to give immediate feedback so that midwives and hospital staff can make simple changes to help others in the future. On March 7th a small group of us went to Heartlands Hospital to give them our first impressions (the experiences that we gathered on our first “fifteen steps” onto each ward). Since then, the hospital has been able to make some immediate changes based on our comments, and will be making further changes in the longer term. We’ll be really interested to hear how we’ve made a difference!
The Birmingham and Solihull MVP is part of a network of MVPs around the country, working together to achieve positive change, with women and their families at the heart of maternity service development.
If you’d like to join the MVP at the next meeting, or just to find out more, please give our Co-ordinator Reshma a call on 0121 456 7820.