Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

June 8, 2021

 

The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an independent working group of women, birthing people and their families, commissioners and maternity service staff working together to review and develop local maternity care. They meet regularly to share information and updates and to collect feedback from service users around their maternity experiences.

 

Each hospital Trust has an MVP group that they work with to co-produce/improve services.

There are three MVP groups which work across the Hertfordshire and West Essex Local Maternity and Neonatal System, these are:

Lister MVP – www.facebook.com/listermaternityvoices

West Essex MVP – www.facebook.com/groups/westessexmvp

West Herts MVP – www.facebook.com/westhertsmvp

 

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Mum and Baby App and additional resources
In November 2020, the Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) launched the Mum & Baby App which is free for mums-to-be in Hertfordshire and West Essex. The app provides all the information they need for their pregnancy, birth and beyond in a single source.

The aim of the app is to improve women’s experiences of maternity care and ensure this is consistent no matter where they choose to give birth in the local area. The app also supports women and their families with:
• Choice on where you want to receive your maternity care; The Lister Hospital, Watford General Hospital or The Princess Alexandra Hospital and home births
• Access to essential information for all stages of the maternity journey
• Personalised plans for their care during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

 

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Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
The Hertfordshire and West Essex Local Maternity and Neonatal System has produced two surveys to gather the feedback and experience of women/birthing people.

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Reducing Inequalities Black Asian and Minority support survey
This survey was launched on 1 May 2021 and aims to look at improving services and care for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities within maternity services in Hertfordshire and West Essex. The survey can be completed ante or postnatally and a link to the survey can be found the the Herts and West Essex website.

We have continued to develop a range of new resources which will be shared on the Hertfordshire and West Essex LMNS Facebook page to promote the apps use and would appreciate if you could continue to encourage staff and service users to use the app.

May be an image of child and text that says "Have you had a baby this year? We would like to hear about your maternity care experience within Hertfordshire and West Essex. NHS Complete the short, confidential, survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/smateritycare/ or using the QR below"

We are currently trying to promote the groups to both staff and service users and would be really grateful if you could circulate this information for us.

Further information van be found on the MVP website.

 




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