Maternity Voices Partnership

Lincolnshire Maternity Voices is the new maternity forum covering central Lincolnshire. We are a committee of service users, service user representatives, midwives, doctors and commissioners. We work together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity services. We’re an independent body, reporting to Lincolnshire Maternity and Neonatal System.
 
The volunteer service user reps meet monthly to review issues, plan themed sessions or arrange focus groups. You can also find the user reps out in the community collecting feedback from women and their partners about their experiences of using local maternity services. Feedback can also be given via online survey, when we walk the patch on our postnatal wards or through one of our focus groups.

Feedback Collection

When we collect feedback we are interested in all of a woman’s care around the time of pregnancy and following birth. We ask for women to tell us the following:

What was good about your experience of care?

What, if anything, wasn’t good?

What ideas do you have for improvements?

Hi I’m Amanda Mummy to 3 smashing small people aged 8, 6 and a very cheeky 1 year old. By trade I’m a family photographer but before that I was a cabin crew on a long haul carrier for almost 16 years.

I have a really varied experience of pregnancy birth and beyond. From horrific to AMAZING in and out of the county. I’ve had the late loss of a son and sadly subsequent bad/frightening treatment during his birth. A very traumatic birth with long lasting effects following that experience. A lovely c section but complications with my wound, followed by some really terrible treatment on being re admitted with the problem. However I finally had a birth experience that healed my heart at Boston last year (Sept 2018) sadly baby had some time in NICU so I experienced that side of things too. 

However I now have first-hand experience of how healing and helpful a good birth experience can be. I truly wish everyone could and it’s the main driving force behind me becoming the MVP chair of Lincolnshire. I look forward to meeting all involved along the way and hope that together we can help give a voice to mothers and families across the county to improve services because the only way we can do that is by listening to you, because you matter.

Amanda Pike

Lincolnshire MVP Chair

MVP Meetings

Our meetings bring service users and professionals together to discuss the maternity system and respond/action feedback from members of the public. 

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The neonatal voice in Lincolnshire was created in January 2019. A group of passionate mothers who have had babies that have been premature, poorly or needed extra care from a neonatal service. 

Their aim as a group is to listen to families and help support and influence safe quality neonatal care. Their experiences and those of the families they have listened to has given them a starting point to help projects working closely with Better births. A really good communication network helps them link up with professionals and also share innovations across Lincolnshire.

Neonatal care can sometimes be the forgotten area but the Neonatal Parent Voice certainly brings it to the forefront!

Meet our Neonatal Voices

In October 2017 I gave birth to my daughter Jessica just 25 weeks into my pregnancy.  It was a complete shock, my husband Craig and I weren’t prepared and had only just started buying little bits for the baby.  We spent 148 days between Lincoln County, Nottingham City and Nottingham QMC hospitals before we were finally able to bring Jessica home.  It was a long and terrifying journey and certainly didn’t end on discharge like many believe.  I really struggled on the outside and became very isolated, Jessica was on home oxygen and has other medical conditions so I didn’t feel able to take her to baby groups like I’d planned to do as a new mum.  I was scared that she’d pick up germs and end up back in hospital, and worried we’d receive negative comments from others who didn’t understand.

In January 2019 I joined Better Births Lincolnshire as a volunteer Neonatal Parent Voice.  Together we started a monthly family group for neonates at our local Children’s Centre.  Little Roos continues to run and I hope it’s reassuring for families knowing they have somewhere they can go if they’re feeling isolated like I did.  My volunteer role has also lead to me attending various clinical meetings and I’ve done several talks to professional audiences on our neonatal journey.  It’s extremely difficult to talk about but seeing the impact it has, and the changes that have already taken place as a result, encourages me to continue.

Each parent volunteer has an incredible story to tell and we are here to ensure all families have a voice that’s heard.  I’m really enjoying being part of the team; it’s very rewarding knowing that I’m helping to improve neonatal care for future families and extremely reassuring to see the improvements being made by such dedicated people.

Jo Vickers

Neonatal Parent Voice

I have 3 young children all born at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Two of my children were born prematurely, now both doing well. We have experienced a lot of different aspects of neonatal care across two different hospitals, so I joined Lincolnshire Neonatal Voices when it began in 2019. I am interested in all areas of neonatal care, but as my professional background is Human Resources, I am particularly interested in staffing, culture, safety and family-integrated care. From experiences with one of our children, I am also interested in infant feeding in the neonatal unit and am a member of a clinical trial steering group looking into that. In my spare time……..actually I don’t have spare time!

Alison Marriott

Neonatal Parent Voice

As a Neonatal Voice, I work closely with Better Births Lincolnshire to help improve the experience of families whose baby is admitted to a neonatal unit. I love meeting families who have experienced time in NICU, or are currently there, and hearing about their individual stories. After having my daughter at 29 weeks in 2018, I love that I am able to give something back to the teams who helped care for her (and us), and to help ensure others receive the best experience they can. I have now returned to work part time, working in logistics as a supplier manager. I’ve also recently been successful in my application to be a parent representative on the project board for the National Neonatal Audit Programme, led by the RCPCH, which I’m really excited to be involved in. In my spare time, I love reading and watching films. When we can, my husband and I love taking our daughter and our dog out for long walks, and particularly enjoy visiting the Peak District.

Tilly McGill

Neonatal Parent Voice