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 volunteer Chloe Cadby, and she is supported by two volunteer Vice Chairs, Sunita Semplay and Stephanie Allsop. The MVP Co-ordinator is Reshma Chudasama, who is a former Health Trainer.
Notes from the last meeting
The most recent MVP meeting took place on 18th July 2019 at the St Mary’s Parish Centre in Harborne, close to Birmingham Women’s Hospital. We welcomed our new Chair and Vice Chair, and four new service users attended the meeting, including our very first dad! The meeting included an update from BUMP (Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity Partnership and we also had some great discussions based around an antenatal questionnaire, which gave us some valuable points to feed back.
Join us for the next meeting
The next MVP meeting will be on October 24th at St Paul’s Conference Centre in Bordesley Green. We are also doing some more “Fifteen Steps” challenges, the next of which is at Heartlands on 1st October, followed by another at Solihull in the near future. Call Reshma on 0121 456 7820 or get in touch via our website if you’d like to be involved with any of these, particularly if you have been a service user in the last few years.
Meet the Team
Chair: Chloe Cadby
Our new Chair, as of Summer 2019, is Chloe Cadby.
Chloe is passionate about women receiving the highest quality maternity care because, as she points out, “this experience stays with them and can shape motherhood”.
She has great interpersonal skills and a strong commitment to helping others – her background is in breastfeeding support, using interventions to improve access and support for breastfeeding mothers.
Vice Chair: Stephanie Allsop
Steph, who joined us as Vice Chair in Summer 2019, is a first time mum and business owner.
Steph says, “I wanted to volunteer to give back to the NHS and help mums-to-be. My personal experience is based on the medicalised side of childbirth which I think can be overlooked at best, and seen as a downer at worst, which it needn’t be.”
Vice Chair: Sunita Semplay
Sunita, who has been a Vice Chair since Birmingham and Solihull MVP’s inception, comes to us with a background in social work, and also volunteers with a parenting support and education organisation.
A mother of three herself, Sunita says, “I am passionate about engaging with other parents and carers on how we can improve Maternity Services in Birmingham.”