Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership (KMVP) provides a critical role in championing the voice of people who use the local maternity services here in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. They listen carefully to people’s experience of local maternity services, sharing these experiences with senior decision-makers to inform the way services are shaped and delivered.
Community engagement, inclusive conversations, and listening to people who have been marginalised are just some of the methods KMVP uses to engage with service users. This maternity journey report contains feedback from 760 people gathered over three years and provides a very detailed picture of those people’s experience of services between 2018 and 2020.
Maternity experiences can be incredibly varied; straightforward, simple, and joyous for some; complex, difficult, and distressing for others. The report inspires confidence in the local maternity system, containing excellent feedback on the services delivered by the hard-working and dedicated staff, but also includes some concerning comments that should be noted and reflected on.
KMVP and Healthwatch Cornwall look forward to working in partnership with the Local Maternity and Neonatal System in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to embed report findings as part of service design in the future.
The report can be downloaded at the end of this article or read on the reports page of our website here too.
Resources and information
Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership and Healthwatch Cornwall recommend the below resources and information to help you and your partner with your maternity journey. If you live in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly and want to find some resources and information to help with breastfeeding, your birthrights, pain relief and general preparation for pregnancy, you can click on the links below to find out more.
If you are looking for information to help with breastfeeding in Cornwall, the following website here has some great resources to support you with this.
Knowing your rights and what to expect during pregnancy is really important. Birthrights is dedicated to ensuring women and birthing people receive the respect and dignity they deserve in pregnancy and childbirth. You can head to their website here to find out information about what your rights are.
LabourPains.com contains resources and information to help you with labour pain and pain relief. The website contains information written by doctors, midwives and mothers so If you're looking to find help and advice, head to their website here to find out more.
Preparing for parenthood
Solihull are a team of registered professionals within the National Health Service in the UK, working with practitioners and parents to develop new resources to support all of us to have a happier life. They offer free courses that can be accessed online here using the access word TAMAR.