We are a group of individuals and organisations that work together to improve maternity care for birthing people and their families. The partnerships are made up of birthing people, healthcare professionals, and representatives from local organisations and charities. Together, we aim to ensure that the voices of women, birthing individuals and their families are heard and acted upon in the planning, design, and delivery of maternity care.
MNVPs were established in response to the NHS England Better Births report, which highlighted the need for more involvement of women and families in the design and delivery of maternity care. MNVPs are now part of the NHS England Maternity Transformation Programme, which is committed to improving the quality and safety of maternity care.
MNVPs work to ensure that women and their families have a say in how maternity services are delivered in their local area. We do this by gathering feedback from service users and their families about their experiences of maternity care and using this feedback to inform the development of local maternity services.
One of the key roles of MNVPs is to work in partnership with local healthcare providers to improve maternity care. This can involve working with midwives, obstetricians, and other healthcare professionals to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies to address these issues.
Overall, MNVPs play a crucial role in improving the quality and safety of maternity care in local communities. We provide a platform for birthing people and their families to have their voices heard and help to ensure that maternity services are designed and delivered in a way that meets their needs and preferences. If you are pregnant or planning to have a baby, you may want to consider getting involved to help shape the future of maternity care in your area.
Recently York MNVP has carried out a 15 moments event with a team of volunteers, visiting the areas of maternity care at York hospital and giving feedback on 4 key areas, does it feel: Welcoming and Informative? Friendly and Personal? Safe and Clean? Organised and Calm? The feedback form this will be available soon in a formal report, and the initial feedback has already begun to be acted upon by the transformation team.
Whether it’s to share your experience or volunteer to be part of our MNVP we’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to one of our meetings, held quarterly and open to all.