Birth Voices East Blog
Updates on what we're doing and how your feedback is making a difference
Sadly, our Vice-Chair, Gemma has now stepped down from the role due to work commitments.
I'd like to express a big thanks to Gemma for all the hard work she has put into making Birth Voices East a success and for representing so well the views of women in Waveney and the Great Yarmouth area.
We held our most recent meeting last week at Kirkley Children’s Centre, and I'm pleased to announce that we have elected a new Vice Chair, Nicola who I'd like to extend a big welcome to! The meeting was very productive and we shared a lot of feedback both from our feedback surveys and from mums who attended the meeting and have recently given birth at the JPUH. We shared this feedback with Abby, Women’s Experience Midwife, who responded to feedback and shared ideas for improvement.
We also discussed the results of our recent focus topic survey looking at the postnatal care of mums and babies after leaving hospital. The majority of results from the survey were positive but one result that stood out was that 37% of women felt uncomfortable asking for help and advice at weighing and advice sessions. It has been suggested that the public nature of some of these sessions may put women off asking for help so we are going to create a poster giving details of all weighing and advice clinics in Waveney and Great Yarmouth.
More action is being taken as a result of feedback from you - in response to comments made by those completing our maternity care survey and feedback from mums received at debriefs, Abby, myself and Lorraine (a student midwife at JPUH) have drafted an article about ward 11 (the ward where women stay before and after giving birth). This will explain what happens on this ward, provide information about staff member roles and also to show women pictures of the ward so they can familiarise themselves with it before going into hospital. Once finalised, this article will be shared on this website, on our Facebook page, at the antenatal clinic and on the ward itself.
As always, we really appreciate your general feedback about your experiences of maternity care, it would be great if you could fill out our maternity care survey.
Or, if you'd like to get in touch with us directly you can do so by emailing mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page.
We're recruiting! I will (Gemma) be stepping down as vice-chair at the June meeting in two weeks time, to focus on going back to work.