West Cumbria Meetings

Next Meeting

September 2020

February 2020

November 21st 2019

September 4th 2019

Summer Workshop

These are overviews and agendas for the meetings. If you wish to see a copy of the full minutes and actions from any of our formal meetings, please contact us

Next Meeting

MVP team meetings are now being held online. 

Our next virtual area meeting is:

9th November 2020


September 2020


  • We talked about the actions and priorities for our Maternity Voices groups for the next 6 months.  See the draft list below. Are there other actions you think the MVP should look at?

    • MVP Key Focus Areas for 2020/2021​

      • Choice and Personalised Care​

      • Involvement of Partners (life / birth partners)

      • extending reach and increasing diversity of MVP voices

    • Local Maternity system Focus work areas with MVP
      • Continuity of Carer Implementation​
      • Addressing Inequalities 
  • How to promote choice to women locally.  If you wish to get involved do let us know

  • MVP received an update on addressing inequalities work happening locally. We discussed how we can widen diversity of persons involved in MVP to ensure we are an inclusive and representative voice – have you any ideas?  All views welcome! 

  • Shared feedback from Dads Matter presentation.  Are there some Dads/partners/ Co parents who would join the MVP and help these voices to be heard locally?

  • Shared MVP received service user feedback.  Findings from our local surveys on the impacts of Covid-19 on maternity experience will be shared at our November MVP meeting.

  • Updates given to the MVP on the implementation of Continuity of Carer locally, the first team is due to start in Carlisle.

  • For further information or any questions please contact: info@wnecumbriamvp.co.uk

February 2020


  • Your experience feedback

  • WCH Phase 2 development - 

  • Clinic waiting facilities for Mums with miscarriage /
    Threatened miscarriage
    Baby loss

  • Issues with breastfeeding support

  • Infant feeding study day MVP presentation 

  • Continuity of carer project

  • Visit to Lakes Birth Centre

November 21st 2019


Good attendance at this meeting

We discussed an additional birth pool which the MVP had been instrumental in receiving funding for.  Question asked about whether additional pool needed.  Some midwives feel existing pool not fully utilised; some mothers feel they may not get their choice of using pool for pain relief or birth if room already in use.  Feedback from women, and audit on use of birth pool will be done.

Feedback from Baby Loss awareness week All feedback received very positive, and the events arranged much appreciated. Many likes on MVP social media received for all these events, including the lighting up of courtyard at WCH.  Always Another Way had been active in supporting events. 

Facilities discussed. The use of a room for postnatal care that has not natural light continues to be raised.

MVP asked how Dashboards can show Black Asian Minority Ethnic #BAME outcome information. We heard that the clinical commissioning group is in conversation with public health on how such a dashboard may be provided, positive to hear this work is underway.

MVP waiting to hear feedback from postnatal picnics report, and to be involved in developing local postnatal care implementation plan.

MVP developed ‘Keep Labour Flowing booklet’ and posters will soon be published and distributed.

Our MVP meetings will become bi-monthly in 2020 with informal topic focussed workshops arranged also. The first topic will be postnatal care

We are looking for an MVP representative for a perinatal mental health steering group, please get in touch if you are interested.

October 4th 2019

​Members fedback from the discussions at the Summer Workshop (shown below).  Had useful discussions on Continuity of Carer leaflet and the information women would like to see.  The evidence for Continuity of Carer providing safer care form women and babies raised and the importance of women having same team throughout their pathway of maternity care including intrapartum highlighted. 

Discussion held on progress of developing Maternity Facilities Parent Statement

Our Terms of Reference are being reviewed


Discussed content for the MVP recommendations to be made in our Annual Report


Baby Loss awareness week preparations shared and will be promoted. MVP notified that the hospitals Baby Memorial Service will be held on 18th November 2019 at &pm, St Johns Church, Hensingham


We discussed 2020 meeting days, and decided to move our formal MVP meetings to bi-monthly and hold adhoc informal topic-based meetings

Summer Workshop Update

A big Thank You to everyone who made it to our joint MVPs Summer Workshop (some of you made it into the photo below).  We had 4 topic focussed activity sessions, plus a picnic and cake break. Kids had a great time too. This document is a summary of our workshop outputs.



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