Maternity Review: Invitation to families who’ve been bereaved or experienced complications in their maternity care.
Friday 6 November, Manchester
Friday 20 November, London
We have mentioned before that there is currently an independent review of NHS maternity services in England to make recommendations for improvements in maternity care provision. Some of you may have been to the consultation meetings that have been held around the country.
Thanks to the work of our sister charities SANDS and BLISS, the review team have now added two additional opportunities to focus on care after bereavement or complications in maternity care. While the focus is generally on care after 12 weeks of pregnancy, this may be of interest to you, so we have posted the details here.
The NHS Maternity Review, in conjunction with the charities Sands and Bliss, would like to invite parents to come and share their views on maternity services if they have experienced the following:
- the death of their baby before, during or soon after birth or
- complications affecting the health of mother or baby (including neonatal admission after birth)
During these meetings we would like to talk to you about your views on maternity services. We will focus on learning from your experiences and listening to your suggestions on what can be done to improve maternity and neonatal services in the future. Your views will be treated as confidential and all views will be respected.
The events will take place on Friday 6th November in central Manchester and in London on the 20th November.
At each event two sessions will be held for different groups of people:
Friday 6th November, Manchester
Session 1 – for parents of babies who died before, during or soon after birth
9.30 – 13.15 (Arrival from 09.00), facilitated by Sands
Session 2 – for parents who experienced complications in pregnancy, labour or birth affecting the health of mother or baby, including admission to neonatal care.
14.00 – 16.30 (Arrival from 13.30), facilitated by Bliss
Friday 20th November, London
Session 1 – for parents who experienced complications in pregnancy, labour or birth affecting the health of mother or baby, including admission to neonatal care
10.00 – 12.30 (Arrival from 09.30), facilitated by Bliss
Session 2 – for parents of babies who died before, during or soon after birth
13.00 – 16.15 (Arrival from 12.30), facilitated by Sands
To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying which session you would like to attend and whether you would like to attend in Manchester or London.
For general enquiries about the Review please contact email@example.com
Please note that while your experience may relate to both sessions, you are requested to just choose one session in order to allow the maximum number of people to participate.
Travel costs can be reimbursed, and further information will be provided at the booking stage.
We recognise that it may be hard to take part in such discussions and therefore Sands and Bliss staff will be present to offer support should you need it.
For more information on the purpose and scope of the review, please visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/futurenhs/mat-review/
If you are unable to attend these events, very shortly you will also be able to take part in the review by completing an online survey specifically aimed at this group of parents, developed in collaboration with Sands and Bliss. An announcement will be made as soon as the survey goes live.