Devon Maternity Voices Partnership

Help Shape Maternity services in devon

ELections for new chair and vice chairs

Please note: Nominations closed at 5pm on 11th September. Please visit the link below for more information on the voting process. 

Chair and Vice Chairs elections - find out more

Join our MVP

Would you like to be more involved in Devon MVP? Joining the MVP membership list is:

  • Completely free
  • Zero commitment

You can join our membership list by filling out this form:

Devon mvp membership form

Joining our membership list means you:

  • Will be emailed about upcoming MVP meetings so you can come and share your views and experience
  • Can have your say about MVP decisions such as elections and policy changes
  • Can be emailed about MVP opportunities, such as taking part in a survey or focus group, or becoming a service user rep.

Please share with friends who you think would like to join in the conversation about maternity care in Devon - you don't need to have been to any previous MVP meetings to join.

We are confirming our membership list as we have several upcoming votes and are planning to start having virtual meetings soon. If you are unsure if you are already on our membership list, please do fill out the above form and we will make sure you are.

If you have any questions please email chair@devonmaternityvoices.org.uk

Coronavirus: frequently asked questions for people using maternity services

Devon MVP has been working with our Local Maternity System (LMS) to produce an FAQ about your maternity care during the coronavirus outbreak.

It will be updated and published weekly, along with key messages. The most up-to-date version can be accessed on Devon CCG's website, here.

Coronavirus: FAQs for people using maternity services

Breastfeeding support groups in devon

Do you have questions about breastfeeding? Would you like to speak to a peer supporter for some advice? Please visit the Devon Positive About Breastfeeding website for a list of the universal (free) breastfeeding support groups in Devon.

Breastfeeding support groups in Devon

Free online antenatal, postnatal and parenting courses for parents and carers in devon

Parents and carers in Devon can now access award-winning online antenatal, postnatal and parenting courses for FREE!

Free online antenatal, postnatal and parenting courses poster

To start learning, follow the link below and enter the code: TAMAR for free access.

Free online antenatal, postnatal and parenting courses

There are four courses, designed by health and education professionals:

  • Understanding your pregnancy, birth, labour and your baby
  • Understanding your baby
  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your teenagers brain

If you have any questions email: d-ccg.cornwallanddevonsolihull@nhs.net

About Devon Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

Devon MVP logo and better births image (mum in maternity bed)


Devon Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a collective of parents (and parents to be) providers of maternity services (health professionals, charities, Healthwatch, non-health professionals) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care across Devon.


What is the role of an MVP?

The role of the MVP is to support parents (including parents to be) and maternity service providers to share their experiences and work together to continually improve maternity services. 

How can I find out more about Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs)?

You can learn more about MVPs from nationalmaternityvoices.org.uk.

Who will make up the Devon Maternity Voices Partnership?

•  Local women who are currently expecting a baby or who have had a baby recently 
•  Representatives from voluntary groups who support pregnant women and new parents
•  Representatives from Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) who pay for and monitor services
•  Healthcare professionals working in the community and the Hospitals across Devon such as senior midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists, health visitors, GPs and staff from the local authority, children’s centres.

How you can get involved?

Get involved with Devon MVP, help shape and review maternity services in Devon. You can decide how involved you would like to be. There are different ways of participating depending on your interest and available time:

• Share your experiences of maternity services on social media (T:@DevonMaternity F:Better Births Devon) or by email to info@devonmaternityvoices.org.uk, and look out for future events to attend
• Join and represent women and families on the Devon MVP partnership (terms of reference coming soon)
• Collect maternity stories, experiences, insights and recommendations from your community which we can feedback on your behalf
• Host a local gathering. We want views from the different geographies of Devon (this could be through an existing group you already attend e.g. a baby group, or perhaps you have an idea for your own gathering 
• Champion a particular aspect of maternity services. Perhaps you are passionate about homebirths, or as a dad you are interested in support for fathers. If you feel strongly about a particular element of maternity services and are interested in getting others involved in this topic please get in touch, we would love to hear from you
• Be involved in maternity service quality improvement initiatives eg a ‘Walk the Patch’ in  your local maternity unit’

Stories

Getting involved and sharing your story with us is a great way to promote individual experiences with maternity services. 

Kate has shared her story to let us know how brilliant her home birth team was! She found her home birth experience was 'everything I could've asked for', thanks to the team. Please click here to read her fantastic story.


Why get involved? 

• By sharing your experiences and volunteering some of your time you can help shape maternity services in Devon
• Help to make sure that all voices, including those whose voices are less easily heard, contribute to the development of      maternity services in Devon.
• Help to make sure we are looking at topics which are important to parents and taking recommendations on how maternity care can be improved

HealthWatch Devon

Devon MVP is working with HealthWatch Devon, Plymouth and Torbay to capture your feedback on maternity services. You can access the online questions here: 

Devon:

healthwatchdevon.co.uk/haveyoursay.

Plymouth:

https://www.healthwatchplymouth.co.uk/services/derriford-hospital-plymouth

Torbay:

https://healthwatchtorbay.org.uk/services 

Health Watch logos

All feedback is confidential and the information provided is used to shape and improve maternity services. As an MVP we don’t discuss individual cases or handle complaints – we look for themes in feedback and for good ideas for improvements. We are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved as a volunteer or give feedback. Please contact us via the details below.

Training Opportunities

Contact us 

For more information about Devon MVP
Email: info@devonmaternityvoices.org.uk
Twitter: @devonmaternity
Facebook: DevonMVP

Download our latest leaflets here:

DMVP leaflet      

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