Mums-to-be and parents registered with Somerset GPs are being asked to contribute their views and experiences of local maternity and children’s services this week.
On Friday 10 August Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group is launching its first Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), at The Medway Hall Ham Lane Compton Dundon TA11 6PQ (starting at 10.00am until 12.00 noon)
The purpose of the event is to listen to the experiences of local women, parents and local people about maternity services and ask what steps they feel need to be taken to improve the experiences of women and family members, before and after birth.
The event is free and mums and dads are welcome to bring their babies and children along. There will also be cake and refreshments provided.
Lydia Woodward, from Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Two years ago the NHS published a national strategy for improving maternity services called “Better Births”. Somerset is working hard to deliver the aims of the strategy, however, we want to hear from local women, parents and family members, so we can understand how they feel about their local maternity and children’s services. Their ideas will be incorporated into any future service plans.”
“Your views are important. Women tell us they want more choice with services which fit around and respect them, and their baby’s needs and circumstances, but what’s your view?”
The Maternity Voices Partnership is still developing as a forum. In the longer term it is hoped women and users of maternity services, (with support from health professionals and Somerset CCG), will take an active role in establishing similar forums in other parts of the county.
For more information, about the event or forthcoming event in Somerset please contact Linda Carson. Tel: 01935 381970 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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