Welcome to Reading Maternity Voices

Welcome!

Reading Maternity Voices Partnership (Reading MVP) is part of a network of National Maternity Voices Partnerships; independent NHS working groups that look for themes in families’ experiences of maternity and neonatal care and then work with multidisciplinary teams of volunteers and NHS staff to ensure those services meet the needs of their users.  Please use the menu at the top of the page (the red dot on a mobile device) to explore our site and find out more about our group.

We are still working virtually while Covid restrictions apply, but continue to gather feedback via our surveys and online feedback sessions.

You can fill in our current survey here.

And if you are Black, Asian or from an ethnic minority community, please fill in our survey looking at how well your culture was respected during pregnancy and birth here.

We work on a quarterly cycle, meaning we have four cycles of the following each year:

  • A month when we gather feedback
  • A month when our parent reps gather to discuss themes from our feedback, look at complaints and research and decide on the agenda for our main meeting
  • A month when we hold our main meeting with all members present: parent reps, staff and other stakeholders such as Health Visiting.

We usually gather feedback by attending local baby and toddler meetings, as well as our surveys but are currently doing thi via online sessions.

Our next feedback sessions are:

  • Saturday May 8th 2-3pm
  • Monday May 17 1-2pm

To join, send an email to chair@readingmaternityvoices.org.uk

We welcome new parent reps to join us. We understand that it can be hard to volunteer your time with a young family and we do what we can to make it work for our volunteers – babies are welcome at our meetings, we pay out-of-pocket expenses, and sometimes are able to contribute towards childcare so that our members can come to meetings or volunteer for us without their children present if they find that easier. We can’t do it without you!

Please contact chair@readingmaternityvoices.org.uk for further information about our group and to get involved, we would love to hear from you!