Meet the ‘MVP’ coffee morning!


Friday 7th September 11-1pm at The Oast Theatre, Tonbridge

Want to find out a little more about what we do? Want to know what exactly is a ‘Maternity Voices Partnership’? Want to explore how you can be involved? Then pop along on Friday 7th September for an informal coffee morning where current members of the committee will be available to chat to. We’d also love to hear about your experiences of maternity care if you’re pregnant or have recently had a baby locally.


Current projects

I’ve been busy the last couple of days drumming up support and interest in the committee through social media (mainly Facebook) and pinning down our 2019 meeting dates (as I realised it would be much easier for users to get involved if they had lots of notice for the upcoming meetings). Social media may have many issues (I have teenagers!) but for connecting with people and getting your message out there in a quick and direct fashion, it’s brilliant. Since I posted an event for our next committee meeting, I have had several women contact me interested in finding out more and getting involved. Indeed, I’ve been so impressed with the interest that I have decided to organise a ‘meet the MVP’ coffee morning ahead of our September full committee meeting, to share what we are all about and what volunteering and being a ‘user rep’ entails. I’m sure we will be getting some really enthusiastic new users joining us soon… Date for ‘meet the MVP’ TBC asap, cheers Hannah (Chair)

What have we been up to so far this year?

So far this year the committee and user reps have been busy…

  • In January a few of the user reps shared their work on a birth environment audit of Tunbridge Wells Hosptial
  • Also in our January meeting, feedback from women attending the Tunbridge Wells Baby Cafe was shared and discussed.
  • In February Hannah attended a discussion at Kent County Council regarding the changes to infant feeding support.
  • Also in February the core group of user reps met up to discuss plans for 2018 and areas that we would like to focus on.
  • In March some of the user reps spoke to women and their partners on the postnatal ward at Tunbridge Wells Hospital about their experiences of maternity care. This feedback was then collated and shared at the full committee meeting in April. In particular we were asking women about their experiences of decision making around place of birth, experience of contacting triage and early breastfeeding support (areas which had been highlighted from previous feedback)
  • In May the Matron of Community and Birth Centre midwifery requested the MVP to collect feedback specifically on women’s decision making around choosing to give birth in a birth centre vs. hospital. An online survey was produced and posted on our Facebook page. The survey received 68 responses in a few days and the feedback was incredibly helpful and insightful.


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