Being inclusive -
What being inclusive means to us.
Listening to ALL
We aim to listen and value ALL service users, their partners, their family & their supporters; to hear the diverse voices of vulnerable individuals and 'less heard' groups in our community.
We do visit parent groups in their familiar settings. At present with Covid-19 restrictions we are using virtual meetings instead. Get in touch to arrange.
We also make use of social media to hear your views. Help us to connect with your group or community via our social media channels.
Send us your ideas for improving accessibility of Maternity Voices here.
We will provide support and encouragement for service users, partners and supporters to input into our Maternity Voices meetings. We will always do our best to meet your needs
Partnership and Co -Production
If you feel that your voice isn't heard in maternity services, or you are an advocate for a group that is harder to reach, we really welcome you to get in touch to see how we can support those voices. Services should be wrapped round the needs of service users and families, and it is important to understand what they are in order to have positive experiences and keep outcomes improving.
We are a small group driven by voluntary effort working closely with maternity, health, and social care professionals and community and parent groups. Working together we can make a positive difference.
There are stark inequalities in the UK affecting maternity outcomes, health and wellbeing.
The EMMBRACE report demonstrates worse outcomes for mothers and babies from Black Asian & Minority Ethnic Groups and from deprived areas. Evidence also shows the disproportionate impact of COVID -19 on persons from these groups.
'All voices should be listened to and form part of shaping improvements’
The NHS is responding to ensure inequalities in outcome are addressed to provide safe maternity care for all here.
This evidence underlines the real importance of conversations with all parts of our communities, ensuring voices of minority groups are listened to, and their needs for support reflected in local services.
This Whose Shoes event drawing by @newposibilities depicts barriers commonly faced by minority groups
Community of Cultures
Talking about Down’s syndrome? Here’s a helpful resource.
This is a link to a helpful poster called 'Don't Screen Us Out' to ensure we can all get it right when talking about Down’s Syndrome in a person-centred respectful way.