Maternity voices partnerships (MVPs)

The aim of our maternity voices partnerships (MVPs) is to make sure we listen to and take onboard the views of women and families using our maternity services.

MVPs are a forum for maternity service users and providers to come together to design services that meet the needs of local women, parents and families.

Members include mums, dads, parents-to-be, grandparents, NHS doctors and midwives, and members of local community groups who provide their services and support to expectant and new parents and babies.

Meetings are held in a relaxed atmosphere to encourage people to discuss their experiences, which is invaluable in helping us to develop better maternity services.

For more information visit the national maternity voices partnership (MVP) website. You can also find details of our privacy policy on the national MVP website

Our work during the COVID-19 pandemic

Between August and September 2020, the collective Maternity Voices Partnerships for Morecambe Bay, Fylde Coast, Central and Pennine Lancashire designed and distributed a survey to capture the experiences of families who had been pregnant or given birth through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More than 300 people responded to the survey and you can view the results in the final report.

Find out more about your local MVP below and how you can get involved.

Related maternity unit: Furness General Hospital/South Lakes Birth Centre, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmoreland General Hospital/Helme Chase Birth Centre, Kendal


Related maternity unit: Blackpool Victoria Hospital


Social media: Facebook pageTwitter/X

MVP lead: Siobhean McCarthy-Perham

Related maternity unit: Royal Preston Hospital


Social media: Facebook pageTwitter/XInstagram

MVP Lead(s): Asiya Shah (Lead)

Related maternity unit: Royal Blackburn Hospital

MVP lead: Anne Goodwin 

Better Births, the report of the national maternity review was published in February 2016 and set out a clear vision: for maternity services across England to become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family friendly; where every woman has access to information to enable her to make decisions about her care; and where she and her baby can access support that is centred on their individual needs and circumstances.

It also calls for all staff to be supported to deliver care which is women centred, working in high performing teams, in organisations which are well led and in cultures which promote innovation, continuous learning, and break down organisational and professional boundaries. More information can be found on the NHS England website.

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