Patient voices needed!

© Cambridge VBAC FriendsCambridge’s Maternity Forum (MSLC)

Cambridge’s Maternity Forum – officially called the MSLC – is a place where local parents, doulas, antenatal teachers and staff from the Rosie Hospital come together to improve local maternity services for everyone.

You may have read in the media about some exciting developments in maternity services, for example The National Maternity Review published in February 2016. Its independent chair, Baroness Julia Cumberlege, wrote in her introduction:

“I urge you to play your part in creating the maternity services you want for your family and your community. Voice your opinions, just as you have during this review, and challenge those providing the services to meet your expectations.”

The ‘patient voice’ is at the heart of everything however more views and experiences are needed. There are some really interesting projects going on this year to improve:

  • inductions and manage expectations;
  • the environment on the Delivery Unit;
  • tongue tie (early diagnosis and treatment);
  • the homebirth service
  • and lots more!

The MSLC meets at the Rosie Hospital every two months for a two-hour meeting during school hours (travel and childcare costs can be reimbursed).

Mums and dads please join us at the next meeting; the more voices, the better! Email: mslc.cambridge@gmail.com for details. If you don’t have the time right now but you are interested, ask to be added to the mailing list to be kept up to date.

We want to make maternity services in this area as good as they can be and with your help we can achieve this.

Written by Rachel James (Peer supporter, Cambridge VBAC Friends; User rep, Cambridge MSLC; Caesarean birth and VBAC contact, Cambridge NCT).
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