Following the National Maternity Review in 2016 the document Better Births was published and focused upon improving outcomes of maternity services in England. A resource pack was made available to help maternity services implement the recommendations made.
A recommendation was that “Effective service user co-production” was suggested, recommending the “establishment of independent formal multidisciplinary committees, called Maternity Voices Partnerships” to influence and share in local decision-making.
The local maternity services provide care for women across the City of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Local commissioners from both Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire have supported the development of local Maternity Voices Partnership.
A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an opportunity for local parents to work together with the people who provide and fund maternity care, to make it better for those who use it.
Both MVPs aim to provide local parents with a platform to voice what was good, what wasn’t so good and where we can make improvements to benefit everyone. Both MVPs ensure that local women and their family are involved in shaping the future of local maternity services and leading innovation through a co-production model
Your Local MVP:
Joining Maternity Voices Partnership is simple. They welcome women and their partners who are thinking of having a baby; have had a baby in the last three years; are expecting a baby.
Regular meetings are held and are very welcoming and friendly to new members.
Both MVPs have an independent lay chair and a vice chair.
The MVP is supported by local commissioners and maternity services in partnership with the Humber Coast and Vale Local Maternity System (LMS)
Hull Maternity Voices Partnership has a local Facebook site
A local web page can be found on the Hull CCG website
A local web page can be found on the East Riding of Yorkshire website