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Bradford District and Craven Birth Story Café – 6th November 2019

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Birth Story Café

When: Wednesday 6th November 2019 10:00 – 12:30pm

Where: Carlisle Business Centre, 60 Carlisle Rd, Bradford BD8 8BD


Three Bradford Women will be sharing their birthing stories; their pregnancy, choices around labour and how they were supported through this journey pre and post baby for home birth, birth centre or labour ward birth and a planned caesarean birth.


Light refreshments provided.

To book: Go to our Eventbrite page

For more information please contact:

Yazmin Shah on mailto:[email protected]  or ring 01274 305045.

This event is part of Baby Week Bradford 2019. Please visit to find out what else is happening!

For a Printable PDF of the poster please click here:

Birth Story Cafe Poster


Engaging People Project Case Study – 6th November 2019

CNet Engaging People Project Case Study

Bradford District and Craven Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) Birthing Story Café Outcome: Better Engagement

6th November 2019


MVP is an NHS working group made up of a team of service users and their families, commissioners and maternity health care providers. Originally a Maternity Services Liaison Committee, MVP was relaunched at Carlisle Business Centre in March 2018.

MVP have a minimum meeting quota of 3 main meetings per year (partner agencies including Head of Maternity and Community Midwifery teams) and also 3 meetings with Voluntary and Community Sector Partners (with attendance from parents and volunteers).

The MVP strategic priorities are: Breastfeeding, Infant Mortality , Continuity of Carer, Perinatal Mental Health , Seldom Heard Groups and Healthy Lifestyle and these were set prior to the launch and will be renewed in 2020

What we did and who was involved

The different scenarios included a planned home birth, a labour ward birth and a mother also shared her two differing birthing experiences, and a third mother shared the story of her first birth which was an unplanned caesarean in an emergency situation and then her most recent birth which was a planned caesarean birth.

Women shared their thoughts and feelings around the support they had receive from maternity service staff, also their family and friends and how discussed how their birth situations had impacted on bonding with their babies.


The session was attended by 18 women from a wide variety of backgrounds (some were mums, others had no children, some were from VCSO organisations , some were health service staff , two were CGG commissioners and 2 were student midwives. Ethnicity backgrounds included South Asian, White, African and Iraqi.

Three mothers shared their birthing experiences and how these had impacted on their physical and emotional health and also bonding with their babies.

At the end of the session there was an opportunity to network and women (both professional and non-professional) talked to each other about their differing birthing stories and experiences.

Comments and feedback on maternity healthcare services were fed into the Grassroots channels.

What next

Engaging People staff will continue to visit mothers and families to gather feedback and comments gathered on maternity and health services will be forwarded through Grassroots channels.

Women and families will be recruited for a Walk the Patch program in Spring 2020. This will involve collecting direct feedback from maternity users on antenatal and postnatal wards of a maternity unit , thereby providing a snapshot of womens experience of care on a certain day which will be shared with maternity midwifery teams.

To download a PDF of this document please click here

Case Study Birth Stories November 2019

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Maternity Voices Partnership Information Session Wednesday 17th October 2018

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Maternity Voices Partnership Information Session

Wednesday 17th October 2018

CNet, Enterprise Hub, 114-116 Manningham Lane, BD8 7JF

10.00am —12.00pm

Refreshments and lunch provided

The National Picture and Priorities

We warmly invite you to join us at this Maternity Voices Partnership information session.

  • Give a brief background to Local Maternity Systems and Maternity Voices Partnerships
  • Update on the current National Picture & Priorities

Major changes are taking place in the way Maternity Services will be delivered and the choices women and their families can make. This session will provide an overview of the changes and a chance to ask questions and discuss the issues.

This session is for the Voluntary & Community Sector and those who work with local women and families.

The session will be delivered by Rachel Wild, Specialist Midwife, Better Start Bradford.

To download a PDF of the Event Flier please click here:

MVP info session 17.10.18 flier


Whats Happening With Maternity Services In Leeds?

Over 10,000 babies are born in Leeds every year. Making the most of every child’s potential is an important goal in Leeds – it’s a commitment made by the Leeds Health and Well-being Board.

We all want the best for our children to help them be happy, healthy and reach their potential. From conception to the age of 2 is a very important time as it makes the biggest difference to your babies’ future. Working together, families and services can help all babies get the best start in life.  We have a plan for how we will do this in Leeds, called the Leeds Maternity Strategy (2015-2020).

The Leeds Maternity Strategy will focus on five main project areas:

    1. Choice
    2. Emotional Health
    3. Preparation for Parenthood
    4. Personalised Care
    5. Targeted Support

Our “What’s happening with Maternity in Leeds?” infographic shows some of the work we have undertaken in these five main project areas.

Over the last few months the MVP Parent Reps have been volunteering their time to meet with families on the antenatal, delivery and postnatal wards at both LGI and SJUH to gather views and feedback of maternity services in relation to the five main project areas. This feedback will help us achieve the goals set out within the Leeds Maternity Strategy to ensure that all babies get the best start in life. The feedback collected over the last few months was used to:

  • Communicate messages of support to midwives from women and families receiving their care.
  • Highlight the need to use one version of the Induction of Labour leaflet to keep information consistent across all LTHT sites.
  • Help identify the need to include Emergency C-Section Aftercare information in leaflets
  • Help identify the need for better communication between staff and parents in relation to the “Importance of Skin-to-Skin contact”
  • This led to an ALWAYS event being held and as a result parental engagement is now being promoted widely with professionals throughout the Trust. Visit the NHS Always Event webpage to find out more.
  • Help increase staff knowledge of local specialised services in perinatal mental health needs. As a result staff are now better able to signpost people who are using maternity services to the right support that they need.
  • Co-design leaflets to promote self-care during pregnancy. For example, a perineal massage information leaflet explaining how perineal massage helps to reduce 3rd and 4th degree tears in birth
  • Help establish the bereavement sub group which led to the opening of the new rainbow clinic supporting women and their partners who have previously suffered a child loss to attend clinics and scans separate to the mainstream clinic
  • Help promote the new Lotus Midwifery Unit to help increase the numbers of ‘Active Births’ across the city
  • Support the development of ‘Leeds Loves Homebirth’
  • Promote the Smoking in Pregnancy survey with the CCG and Beckett University to find out the effectiveness of support offered in helping to lower or cut out smoking in pregnancy. Read the evaluation of the maternal smoking survey here. 
  • Update and re-design information boards across both LTHT sites on topics ranging from; Gestational Diabetes, Smoking, Healthy Eating, Safe Sleeping, Induction of Labour, Skin-to-Skin contact and breastfeeding, Antenatal Education, Perinatal Mental Health, Self Care and After care tips