User Reps

The user reps are women who are inspired to see maternity service continue to develop and improve and who are keen to help women be involved in providing feedback about their experience so that it can be used to to inform better service provision.  We are always open to new volunteers joining the team, so if you are interested please contact the chair on

The team in 2017:

Emma joined Reading Maternity Voices because she wanted to help give women a voice and to drive positive change. She lives in Henley and has a particular interest in breastfeeding, tongue tie and homebirth, as well as informed choice and consent. She is the vice chair, a Breastfeeding Network peer supporter, helps to organise women’s voices events and is on a group at the hospital that reviews maternity information leaflets. Emma ensures these are woman-centred and evidence-based, so that local women have the best information available to them. Emma has two children, both birthed at home in Henley, and enjoys sewing, reading and yoga.

Catherine is former chair of Reading Maternity Voices. She came to this area via another maternity forum, and was invited to join here. She is interested in supporting families both before and after birth, in all aspects of birth, and in supporting women to make informed decisions about their care. She lives just outside Reading and is one of founders of National Maternity Voices as well as a NICE Fellow and an ambassador for NICE for 2016-19. She has also been a NICE lay member. She has two children and enjoys meeting friends for coffee, reading and countryside walks.

Nancy lives in Caversham and joined Reading Maternity Voices to help other women find a voice to ask for the birth they want, following her own experience of giving birth to her son at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 2011 involving expectant management of her overdue pregnancy, and issues with informed consent around induction. She is a qualified Breastfeeding Network peer supporter and is interested in infant feeding, birth choices, consent and induction. In a previous life she worked in video game development, and enjoys playing games and walking miles in pursuit of rare and wonderful Pokemon. She also likes reading, baking and watching her son play football.

Karen is secretary of Reading Maternity Voices and joined to be part of a movement that drives change in improving the experience of women having babies in the area. She lives in Wokingham and has one child who was born at the now closed midwife-led unit in Heatherwood, Ascot. She has special interests in breastfeeding and antenatal education, and helps run our women’s voices events. In her spare time she enjoys reading, podcasting, knitting and long distance walking.

Janice is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator who joined the group after the birth of her first son (in the birth pool at RBH). Her positive experience made her passionate about helping women have the same opportunity. When she’s not doing her day job, she dedicates her free time to looking at trends in the feedback provided by local women using maternity services and uses these, together with current medical research, to challenge local practices. When she’s not running after her two active boys, she enjoys travelling, Pilates and spending time with friends and family.

Lisa is the chair of Reading Maternity Voices.  She got involved initially because of her role as a doula and wanting to see women better able to make informed decisions about their maternity care and be able to shape future maternity services.  In her role as chair she contributes to local and regional strategic maternity plans and also sits on the stakeholder council for Better Births; NHS England’s current 5 year maternity transformation plan.  Her passion is women  making informed choices about their and their baby’s care.  She loves good food, dancing, yoga and walking her dog.