National Maternity Voices is the national group of Maternity Voices Partnerships in England.
A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a team of women and their families, commissioners and providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care.
National Maternity Voices provide support and advice to service user chairs of Maternity Voices Partnerships. NMV promotes awareness of good practice in setting up and developing MVPs among commissioners and provider staff of maternity services in England. This is to ensure:
- Every woman on the maternity pathway has a chance to have her voice heard about the service she is receiving through an MVP
- Every MVP is adequately resourced to engage in true co-production of maternity services
- Local MVP chairs and service user members feel networked and supported in their role
- MVPs are involved in work in their local communities but also represented at Local Maternity System (LMS) level
“Working together is really energising… it does deliver great results!”
Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead, Maternity, Infants, Children & Young People, NHS England – see her introduction to the MVP tookit
Maternity Transformation: Better Births
We are pleased to be working with NHS England to ensure women and their families are at the heart of the Maternity Transformation Programme. Chapter 4, Co-production with women and their families from Implementing Better Births: A resource pack for Local Maternity Systems was co-produced with NHS England and National Maternity Voices. We have written a short summary of the resource pack about how MVPs fit into Better Births.