Parents and maternity service health professionals are being invited to have their say about the way that maternity and neonatal services in Hertfordshire and west Essex are delivered.
Four interactive workshops are being held in Hertfordshire and west Essex in the coming months, using a specially developed board game to help participants to consider every-day maternity and neonatal services from different points of view.
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust will be the first to hold their event on Saturday 29 September at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, from 10am-1.30pm.
Melissa Davis, Deputy Head of Midwifery at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, pictured, said: “This will be an interactive session and will look at ways in which services can be developed and delivered to meet the needs of our women and their families.
“In particular, will be looking at ways in which having the same person or team look after you during your pregnancy can have an impact on your care. This is a key recommendation from a national maternity review called ‘Better Births’.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to come together and discuss what women really want from their maternity care and how we can work together to achieve this.”
If you have experienced maternity care in the last two years at Watford General, their workshop is on Friday 26 October and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow is hosting their workshop on Thursday 29 November. A final workshop, to bring together the work from all three hospital trusts, will be held in the New Year.
Register your interest:
- Lister Hospital’s workshop on Saturday 29 September, 10am-1.30pm – contact Melissa Davis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watford General’s workshop on Friday 26 October – contact Keely Franklin, Professional Midwifery Advocate (PMA) Midwife at email@example.com
- Princess Alexandra Hospital’s workshop on Thursday 29 November, 1.30-4.30pm – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping pregnant women, new mums and their families to live as healthily and independently as possible, supported by caring and effective maternity services, is a key part of the Hertfordshire and west Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership’s vision. The partnership, which includes all the NHS and social care organisations across the area, is committed to developing continuity of care so that most women are cared for during pregnancy, birth and after the birth of their child by a team of midwives known to them.