Birth Voices East Blog
Updates on what we're doing and how your feedback is making a difference
sorry we've been really quiet in the last couple of months, we were exhausted from a manic Jan-March, with over 800 surveys, facebook comments and emails to sort through! On the upside, that means local women and partners want to have a say maternity care when they have the opportunity, and that health professionals are keen to hear what women have to say :)
The task of doing such a big update has been so daunting that we keep putting it off. The minutes the CCG provided us with were very brief which is a shame as we covered so much ground - normally we document everything! So, as briefly as I can:
1) Cuts to breastfeeding support - this was covered in Jodie's last post so I won't repeat it - apart from emphasising how we were the only organisation that actually got all the people involved and affected by the decision in one room talking about the issues - unfortunately after the decision had been made. Still, at least our County Council health commissioners now understand why things like tongue tie diagnosis is so crucial to new mums, and know they can contac tus if they wish to consult local women about any other aspects of maternity/postnatal care!
2) Funding and recruitment - We now have funding! Finally...that means we can now get money back for all the posters, leaflets, meeting rooms bookings, website costs etc that we (Gemma and Jodie) have incurred over the past 18 months. And get a small 'honararium' to cover some of the immense time it takes. Also, we can now cover transport and childcare costs for any local mums/dads that would like to come to our meetings (Ofted registered, 3 hours max). We are looking for a new chair/vice chair due to maternity cover, as well as more people to help out and share ideas/tasks so please get in contact if you're interested! We fit it into spare hour here and there around work/family. An interest in maternity care, access to a computer and ideally willingness to read through answers and statistics from surveys would be all that is needed :)
3) General feedback survey: We had over 80 new surveys back covering antenatal, labour/delivery, postnatal (Ward) and community postnatal. Overall, satisfaction rates are very good for antenatal care, labour/delivery and community postnatal, but Ward 11 postnatal is still giving much lower ratings. This ties in with the next topic...
4) Partners staying overnight on Ward 11: We had nearly 450 unique surveys back so thank you so much to everyone that took part! I will do a separate post shortly with the results but the main message is:
Phew, think that's all the main things! I will do a focus post on the results of partner staying survey, and possible compromise options next week
All the best!