Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs) are parent-led, independent advisory groups of volunteer service user representatives and professionals who help improve local maternity care.
Our service user representatives include people who have recently used local maternity services, those with an interest in improving maternity care and others who work with pregnant and new parents, for example providing antenatal classes and other support.
The professional members include:
Local authority staff working on public health
Those providing maternity care including midwives, obstetricians, and health visitors.
We are also supported by:
Local Healthwatch groups
Voluntary and charity groups
Healthcare professionals providing specialist services
The key role of service user representatives is to listen to the views and experiences of women, their partners and families and ensure their feedback is heard and listened to.
MVPs work together on all parts of maternity care, from pre-conception, pregnancy and birth to six months after birth.
Key topics include:
Perinatal mental health
Infant feeding support
Choice and personalisation.
Co-production, involving the people using services when developing services, is a key part of the Partnership in Maternity Voices Partnerships and of Better Births – the Maternity Transformation program currently happening in England.
We work as a group of Maternity Voices Partnerships in Humber Coast and Vale as part of the Local Maternity System to make sure the views of parents from across our area are heard as changes are made to implement Better Births here.