York Maternity Voices Partnership
The aim of the York & District Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is to ensure that maternity service commissioners, NHS Vale of York CCG and the local maternity services hear and take account of the views of women and families using the service.
To provide maternity care that is personalised, it is essential to hear the personal experiences of those who use them and work collaboratively with women and their families to co-design maternity services. Placing women and their families at the centre, along with midwives, obstetricians and commissioners means that collaborative work can occur to review contribute to and co-design local maternity care.
Emily Pickard, Chair of the York & District Maternity Voices Partnership.
I am a local parent to 2 girls and I chair the York & District MVP meetings which take place around every 3 months. I am passionate about making life easier for parents and parents-to-be in York.
As well as looking after my own 2 girls, I run York Mumbler and I took on the role of MVP chair to help ensure that the local parents voices are being heard when decisions are being made within maternity services.
The meetings involve bringing together professionals from maternity services and other organisations working with women and families who use the services. The idea is to inform and guide professionals working at the hospital trusts about women’s experience of the treatment they've received; being pregnant, giving birth and after care concerning their health and wellbeing. I'm looking for volunteers to help promote the MVP group, and gather feedback from other mums from a wide background who want their voices to be heard.
Please contact us for more information on how you can get involved.
Emily Pickard, Chair of the York & District Maternity Voices Partnership