Maternity Voices Partnership
We are seeking to establish a new joint Maternity Voices partnership for both areas so we are keen to hear from:
- New mams or dads who have recently had a baby in South Tyneside or Sunderland
- A community group who works with new parents or prospective new parents
- People interested in making maternity services even better
NHS organisations involved in maternity care are seeking mums, dads, grandparents, groups and individuals who would like to get involved in sharing their views on maternity care by joining the South Tyneside and Sunderland Maternity Voices partnership.
Maternity Voices, made up from a range of people and organisations interested in maternity care, will help to shape these services for the future by providing important feedback.
Already big changes have taken place, with the creation of a state of the art Midwifery-Led Birthing Centre at South Tyneside District Hospital, which has welcomed over 100 new babies since opening in August.
This new service is in addition to the midwife-led care and consultant-led care located together at Sunderland Royal Hospital, as well as access to home births in both localities. Together, these services help make sure women have choices about how and where they would like to have their babies.
There was then a further opportunity to shape and improve services, in particular in the creation of a community maternity hub in South Tyneside, providing more maternity care as part of the Birthing Centre, at our Maternity Voices event which took place on Thursday 13 February 2020 at Hebburn Central, Glen Street, South Tyneside, NE31 1AB.
For parents with children, free crèche facilities provided by Ofsted-registered The CrècheMobile were available. These had to be registered for in advance.
A free healthy lunch and refreshments were also provided while free Wi-Fi was also available at the venue.
Northumbria University is carrying out independent research about the development of the community maternity hub and were seeking views via a confidential survey. This survey has now closed.