Maternity Voices Partnerships – looking forward: innovation building on experience

This week I’m off to the East Midlands to facilitate implementation of the guidance on setting up Maternity Voices Partnerships. A great blog Catherine that will go on giving for months and months, if not years. And thank you for the plug for my article!

Birth & Biology

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I felt honoured and inspired when I read Mary Newburn’s article in the March 2017 edition of MIDIRS Women changing maternity services.A look at service user involvement in the UK. It’s a love letter to a movement with a long history, an active present, and an important contribution to make to Better Births implementation.

It is so easy, as we know in the MSLC  and now Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVP) movement, for there to be confusion between engagement (focus groups and similar), and real involvement. We experience – or work for! – real and sustainable involvement in multidisciplinary forums. Local partnership groups, in which service users serve in equality with other members. In which recent service users are mentored by their peers to stay and become advocates and leaders.

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