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Birmingham and Solihull MNVP

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Have you accessed any maternity services or support in Birmingham or Solihull in the last three years?

We would love to hear about your experiences.

Birmingham and Solihull Maternity & Neonatal Voices Partnership is an NHS working group made up of a team of women, birthing people and their families working together with Clinicians (like midwives and obstetricians), Commissioners (like Council staff) and Community organisations to review and contribute to the development of local maternity and neonatal care.

We meet regularly online and in person, and attend antenatal clinics, community groups and other events.

We are keen to hear about your experiences with local maternity and/or neonatal services and would love for you to share your story with us, including what went well, what was memorable and even what you feel didn’t go so well or could have been improved throughout your journey. You can complete our survey online or get in touch and we can arrange a time to give you a call and have a chat.

Any extracts from what you say that are quoted  will be anonymous. You can find further information about Gateway Family Services (the hosts of the MVP) Data Protection, by visiting here. All electronic and paper copies will be stored safely and securely by Gateway Family Services.

If you would like to speak to one of us please email – bsolmvp@gatewayfs.org

Ways to get involved

If you’re interested in becoming a part of our MNVP program, there are some fantastic ways to get involved! We’re all about inclusivity, so whether you’re a service user, a healthcare professional, or simply passionate about our cause, there’s a place for you here. We’re excited to have you on board, and we can’t wait to work together to make a positive impact on maternal and neonatal care. Join us today and be a part of something meaningful!

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Upcoming Events

MNVP Meeting with focus on Birmingham Women’s

Monday 26th February

10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Birmingham and Solihull MNVP meeting online

Monday 4th March

11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

MNVP Meeting with focus on University Hospitals Birmingham

Wednesday 20th March

10:00 a.m. 

Meet the team

I’m Katy, a mom of 5 from North Solihull. I am the Lead for North Birmingham. It is my pleasure to listen to the voices of parents’ experiences of maternity services and feedback on your experiences in maternity systems. Our voices can contribute to change where needed, but also give positive messages to our maternity teams when the care received has been good for them. Our voices can make a difference.

Katy Rainey-Hemus

North Birmingham Lead

Sardia Mascud

East Birmingham Lead

I’m a mom of four with different maternity experiences. I’m really looking forward to connecting with the community and hearing from other service users about their own encounters with maternity services, whether they are positive or negative. I’m also excited about co-producing with service providers to bring about positive changes in maternity services. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of mothers and birthing families.

Hello I’m Sophiella, South Birmingham Lead. I am a mother of two birthed under the same trust, my youngest during the global pandemic in 2020. Both of my birth experiences were quite the opposite meaning I have a broad view of the maternity care system, antenatally and postnatally. My previous background working within community engagement and events, specifically for diverse groups, means I’ll connect with you from a place of lived experience and understanding. In the past I have stood in roles that amplify the voices of the people, something I feel very passionate about and hope to achieve within MNVP.

I want to support you by listening every step of the way and feeding back to the trust for improvements. I feel knowledge of birth rights is important and advocate for informed birth choices, HBAC/VBAC, maternal mental health provision and equality across maternity care – just a few of the reasons I became involved in the MNVP.

My hopes are to contribute towards better birth experiences and safer outcomes for all whilst acknowledging the disparities across the UK that require immediate action. Through MNVP, I will be serving the wider community of women, families and birthing people across Birmingham and Solihull, ensuring your voices feel heard, valued, and helping to instigate change.

Sophiella Taylor

South Birmingham Lead

Almas Maan

West Birmingham Lead

Hello, I’m Almas Maan, one of the newly appointed Lead for the Birmingham & Solihull MNVP.

As I take on the role of MNVP, I am guided by a simple belief that every woman’s maternity journey is unique, teeming with transformative experiences. I’m thrilled to serve as an advocate for diverse voices within our community, ensuring that the needs and experiences of women and families from varied cultural and diverse backgrounds are heard, understood, respected and addressed.

I envision a future where women and their families are actively involved in shaping maternity care, effecting real and significant improvements. I’m passionate about creating safe spaces where everyone feels empowered to share their stories, opinions, and experiences with sensitivity and care.

These invaluable narratives will help us co-create new changes to maternity resources, processes and training that truly meet the needs of the women and families we serve.

Hi, I’m Brianna and I’m a disabled parent of 3, all born at home under Birmingham Women’s Hospital. My most recent baby was just 2 years ago so I experienced “normal” and “pandemic” care.

I have been volunteering and working to improve maternity and neonatal services in communities for the last 8 years, and truly believe that nothing for or about us should happen without us. I am passionate about making sure that the voices of women, birthing people and their families are heard at every level of developing, delivering and evaluating care.

I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the work of the MNVP – amplifying the voices of historically under-served groups, co-production, and being a point of contact for those who want to get involved with improving maternity services.

Brianna Dymond

Birmingham & Solihull LMNS Link Lead

Information

and support

Acacia

Offers a range of free services, including peer led listening and befriending support to families across Birmingham experiencing pre and postnatal depression/anxiety.

Birth Rights UK

Birthrights champions respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth by protecting human rights.

Pandas foundation

Offers free support for every parent and their network who is struggling with their perinatal mental health.

AIMS for a better birth

AIMS works towards better births for all by campaigning and information sharing, protecting human rights in childbirth and helping everyone to know their rights.