Norwich Maternity Voices Partnership

What is an MVP?

A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is an NHS working group, a mix of individuals who use or provide maternity services. This can include service users, birth workers, doulas, service commissioners and service providers such as midwives and doctors. These people work in partnership to review and develop local maternity care. The Norwich MVP is linked to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) and the group is led by service user chair and vice chair Jenny Whatling and Jude Applin.

How can we help you?

The MVP takes forward issues raised by maternity services users (mostly, parents & parents-to-be), by looking at aspects of the service in detail and making recommendations for improvements. Service users, providers and commissioners then work together on putting these changes into practice. We are interested in hearing about your experiences of maternity care so that we can represent the voices of as many families as possible.

How can you get involved?

There are several ways to get involved with the MVP, get in touch to share your personal experiences, raise an issue or to become a service user representative.

You can email us or get in touch through one of our very active social media pages:

 

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How are things changing as a result of Covid-19?

We recognise that being pregnant during a pandemic adds additional stress and worry which is very difficult to avoid. We keep our social media channels up to date with national advice and information directly from our local maternity team.

As you may expect during these unprecedented times maternity care is undergoing some temporary changes to safeguard you and your family. We are working very closely with NNUH to keep you up to date with all the latest changes and developments. We share regular updates on our social media pages and have also created a ‘COVID- 19 baby’ group on Facebook to encourage users to share real life experience and raise any concerns that they may have. As changes are occurring rapidly at present we are working hard to bring you accurate information as quickly as possible.