I'm Sandra, I live in Ennerdale, and my children were born at West Cumberland Hospital. I have been involved in relating the service user/ family perspective in maternity and children's services since my youngest son was 18 months old, and he is now at secondary school. Maternity is such an important time in a woman s life, and her partner/ family's life. There is room for all to have a say in local services and lots of opportunities to be involved and make a positive difference. I'm Chair of West Cumbria Maternity Voices Partnership Group and acting Chair of the Carlisle & Eden MVP.
Hi, I’m Sara and mum to 3 little ones who were all born at the Cumberland Infirmary. I was able to breastfeed all 3 of my babies. I trained and volunteered as a Breastfeeding Peer supporter for 5 years, I was keen to give something back as I’d received such good support myself. I feel strongly that the key to successful breastfeeding is information so that women can make informed choices about how to feed their babies, whether formula or breastfed; and local support if they choose to breastfeed. With local breastfeeding support groups being cut I attend public health meetings and have been a lay member of Maternity Voices for 3 years helping to raise awareness of local maternity needs for families. I live near Wigton and currently run Wigton Baby Social which is a weekly meet for local mums and little ones.
NHS - Maternity Administrator
My name is Belinda Rae and I provide administration support for the Maternity Voices groups in both the West and Carlisle & Eden areas. I work as a Team Secretary within the Maternity Department and am based in West Cumberland Hospital. I provide administration/secretarial support for the Head of Midwifery and the Senior Midwifery Management Team, as well as the Maternity team in general and work closely with Maternity Voices to ensure effective meetings and communication with both the public and staff. I enjoy attending the meetings (and can sometimes get a little more involved than I should!) and I am passionate about Maternity and the provision of excellent services for women in our area. I look forward to seeing you at one of our meetings.
Hello I'm Katherine. As well as being a mum to my three amazing children (who were all born at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle), I am Chief Executive of The Happy Mums Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Carlisle supporting women with maternal mental health problems like anxiety and postnatal depression. I experienced PND myself after my first daughter was born in 2011, so I know how important it is to embrace mental health during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. The MVP meetings are a great opportunity to ensure that women and their partners have a voice and can work with maternity professionals to continually improve local services.
NHS - Chief Matron
I'm Christina Cuncarr, RGN, RM, MA ( Applied) in Midwifery. I am a very proud Mother of 3 grown-ups and Grandmother of 5 children . I am a registered nurse and Midwife with a long history of working within the Health sector of 38 years, the last 28 years within Midwifery. I am passionate about empowering women and Midwives to enable and optimise informed choice and improvement of clinical outcomes. I have worked in all fields of midwifery here and overseas in New Zealand. I am familiar with working with a strong continuity of carer model and for 6 years in NZ was a Lead Maternity Carer with my own caseload . I strongly believe women are the centre of all care planning and adopt the principles of Partnership, Protection and Participation ( NZ Model) and am always applying these within my practice here in Cumbria. I have a strong connection with the MVP here in North Cumbria and look forward to many more years at strengthening this relationship as we move forward with our National Maternity Strategy and locally.
I'm Murran, I went through ten years of IVF in Liverpool womens hospital.I've been successful in conceiving through IVF & also suffered subsequent miscarriages.My oldest son was born in the Cumberland infirmary & unfortunately my epidural went badly wrong.I've been studying & gaining qualifications to be able to help and support others through things I have personal experience with, and to raise awareness on these and other subjects.It's important to me to make people aware that even through negative experiences there are positives through them all, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time.I'm currently pregnant with another little boy & have knowledge & experience with various maternity hospitals & treatments, sharing experiences & knowledge helps everyone towards working together for a better future
I have birthed and breastfed 6 children, I’ve had a wide range of birth experiences. I understand how important things are to women including the right birth environment and also the language and communication by health professionals. That is the case whether you are being given information about breast feeding or being informed that your baby may be disabled.After having my last child I found that, unlike myself, some women in Cumbria had, unfortunately had, negative experiences when being informed their baby has Down's Syndrome. I am now secretary to Cumbria Down's Syndrome Support Group. I'm keen to ensure that these mums and their partners have a voice in shaping future maternity services in Cumbria.
Local Programme Management Lead
I am Nicola, I have two grown up daughters who also work for the NHS. I am the Programme Management Lead for our local maternity system and responsible for the delivery of the Better Births Programme. I work closely with the Maternity Voices Partnership and with colleagues in North Cumbria Midwifery Service. I am passionate about delivering the best NHS services for babies, children, young people and families.