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.
The Birmingham and Solihull MVP is delivered by Gateway Family Services.
The Panel is Chaired by Ruphsana Nahar-Qayyum, and she is supported by two Vice Chairs, Kholoud Saleh and Sunita Semplay. MVP Co-ordinator Sharon Bartlett is a former Pregnancy Outreach Worker with extensive experience of working with local maternity services.
The next meeting will be in Spring 2019. Get in touch if you’d like to be involved.
The most recent MVP meeting took place on Thursday 8th November at St Barnabas Centre in Erdington. Topics at the well-attended meeting included personal maternity care budgets, and discussion around the Single Point of Access (SPA).
The first MVP meeting took place on Thursday 12th July at Lightwoods House in Bearwood. Topics included feedback from the Fifteen Steps For Maternity challenge, and information about the Single Point of Access (SPA).
Meet the Chair: Ruphsana Nahar-Qayyum
Ruphsana has worked in community development, social inclusion and regeneration since 2000, so she has a wealth of experience in bringing communities together, developing and implementing community cohesion strategy.
Ruphsana, herself a mum of two, currently works as Course Administrator for Approachable Parenting, which provides parenting and relationship advice for Muslim families. She also works as a Bengali interpreter, specialising in health – a job where her skills of listening compassionately and building rapport are greatly appreciated.