About

Welcome to Better Births Lincolnshire

The home of the Lincolnshire Maternity Transformation Programme.

As any mum will tell you, pregnancy is a journey, whether it is your first baby or something you have experienced before. Much like any journey, preparation, support and having the information and tools to allow you to make the right choices for you and your family will make it a success.

The partners involved with Better Births Lincolnshire want to develop innovative new services to make sure you are well supported and informed at every stage of your pregnancy, enabling you to make decisions about your care which are best suited to you and your family.

For the first time, Better Births Lincolnshire brings together all the services across the county responsible for supporting and caring for both you and your baby throughout your pregnancy journey. We are working together to ensure that it’s not only easier for you to access high-quality care, but that you are also able to choose the services most suited to your needs.

With choices including homebirth, home-from-home birth centre settings and delivery suites in three hospital locations; where your baby is born is an important choice for you and your family to make.

Before you make your decision you need to know more about the options you have, your own clinical need and the health of your baby.

Our dedicated teams will be able to help you every step of the way so when the time comes you will have the birth that is best for you and your baby.We are also working with a range of other partners to provide specialist services to help you during your pregnancy. Everything we are doing really is all about you, so we want to hear how we can personalise your experience by offering you more choice, while continuing to provide self care.

Please explore this site to find out more about what we are doing and what support and services are available.

Want to know more about our Long Term Plan?

This document has been developed to demonstrate the framework for safe and improved local maternity and neonatal services that recognises and reflects the individual personal needs and choices of women and families in Lincolnshire.

What we have achieved since the Project Commenced

Meet the Team

Tracy Pilcher

Director of Nursing AHPs and Operations SRO for LMS

Tracy has over 30 years’ experience in nursing, and has worked at a senior level in provider, commissioning and academic organisations. Having completed her nurse training in 1988, Tracy went into the field of critical care nursing, working at a regional intensive care unit for over 15 years.

Tracy moved to Lincolnshire in 2004, firstly working as a nurse consultant, then deputy director of nursing in the acute provider. In 2013, Tracy moved into commissioning working as a Chief Nurse for a number of years, before moving to the Director of Nursing Allied Professions and Operations post at Lincolnshire Community Health Services in 2019. Tracy has had experience of leading critical care nursing at a national level, being the Chair of the British Association of Nursing for 4 years. She is proud be the SRO for the maternity transformation programme, as she is passionate and committed to striving to ensure these services are delivered to the highest standards, with women and their families at the centre of everything that we do.

Sue Jarvis

Maternity Transformation Project Manager

I am a Registered General Nurse and Registered Midwife (no longer practicing as a Midwife). I have worked in a variety of settings from Neonatal Intensive Care to Practice Nursing in Primary Care and in varying geographical area. In the last few years I have worked in Commissioning with Lincolnshire East CCG as the Lead Nurse for Safety and Quality and over the last year the programme manager for Maternity transformation

I am a Mum to 2 young adults who still live at home so still keep me busy, but in my spare time, when I have any, I enjoy crafts such as upholstery, furniture design and painting. Finally music which isn’t my hobby it’s my passion

Yvonne McGrath

Consultant Midwife

I qualified as a Midwife from University of Surrey and have worked in large London hospitals primarily in caseload midwifery practice and midwifery units. I left London in 2017, working initially in a Matron role and now as Consultant Midwife at Lincolnshire East CCG. 

I am currently completing a MSc at University of Nottingham. I am supportive of alternative models of training student midwives and am working closely with the University of Lincoln and the newly formed Continuity of Carer teams at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust to support and research the effects of training student midwives in Continuity of Carer models.

I am involved in regional work related to Fetal Monitoring and have a strong interest in the influence of human factors on safety in maternity care.

Clare Brumby

Maternity Transformation Lead Midwife

I have been a Midwife for 18 years and spent most of my career working in the Labour Ward environment, the latter half as a Labour Ward Co-ordinator which I loved.  More recently I worked as the Maternity & Gynaecology Risk Manager for ULHT, which offered a different perspective to the work and services we provide as Midwives and more importantly a more broad understanding of how women receive and perceive care. 

I am married with 3 young children, and enjoy running, bike rides with the children, socialising with friends and as many trips to the cinema as I can fit in.  I joined the Better Births Team in July and am excited to continue with the maternity transformation work and look forward to being part of the team for the near future.

Sandra Pygott

Maternity Transformation lead midwife

I have been working clinically as a qualified midwife for 22yrs in Lincolnshire and currently work in varying roles within maternity services. Firstly as a (very passionate) clinical midwife supporting women and families with their birth at the Pilgrim Hospital, secondly as a Professional Midwifery Advocate which allows me time to support the midwives in their professional roles too.

Alongside these roles I am currently enjoying a secondment with the Better Birth team in Lincolnshire where I hope to have a positive effect on maternity services on a more strategic level.

My time away from work is spent mostly with my family and friends, my 4 children and 2 grandchildren, or taking care of our many animals – with a particular passion for horses.

Lucy Wonnacott

Maternity Transformation Lead Midwife

Working within Lincolnshire as a midwife for the last 11 years has been inspiring and rewarding. During this time I have met so many wonderful families and health care professionals. I can honestly say I feel privileged to call myself a midwife and to be part of our local services. Having completed my training with the University of Nottingham and since working at the Boston Pilgrim Hospital I have undertaken roles as a Labour ward Co-ordinator and Matron for Maternity Inpatients. I am now in the fortunate position of being able to combine both my clinical expertise with strategic service development whilst undertaking a secondment with the Better Births team.

Away from work as a busy mum of 3 football loving boys I spend a lot of time supporting them from the side lines and travelling to events. I am a keen gardener and enjoying keeping fit and spending time with my family and especially my 1 year old nephew. 

Claire Gartland

Maternity Transformation Project Lead

I am very excited and privileged to be part of the Better Births team. I am a registered Children’s nurse and trained at Great Ormond Street in London. After moving from London  I was the lead nurse  in a specialist Children’s renal unit in Nottingham,  where parents played a huge role in their child’s care. I also have a neonatal speciality qualification and have worked for many years within neonatal care. Myself and a colleague ran our own paediatric first aid training company for 7 years teaching parents as well as professionals first aid.

I am passionate about family centred care having worked so closely with parents over the years. 

I have four wonderful children, all grown up  (nearly!) and a little three legged dog who comes jogging with me.

Tracy Clinkscales

Project Support Officer

I have worked in several roles, from Secretarial, Estate Agents, Lettings and Finance.  I have worked for Lincolnshire East CCG since 2014 in Finance until September this year when I joined the Maternity Transformation team.

I’ve been married for 14 years and step mum to 3 adults.  In my spare time I enjoy gardening, spending time with my family, going away in our caravan, walking and cycling.  Although my main hobby is reiki; I started doing reiki about 12 years ago and have been a reiki master for 5 years.

Alastair Railton

Communications and Engagement

I am an award winning Film Director and Writer making the slow and steady climb to seeing my name on the big screen! My work for Better Births is usually around promotional filming, photography and social media. Chances are you will see me wandering around the Hubs or Hospitals with my camera.

In my spare time I make films (did I mention that already?!) manage a film festival, write, spend time with friends and weightlift.