Maternity Voices Partnerships are teams of parents, professionals and commissioners working together to improve local maternity services.

Social Action for Health is commissioned by Clinical Commissioning Groups in Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Newham to facilitate Maternity Voices Partnerships. We ensure women and their families are able to participate in each Maternity Voices Partnerships either by providing feedback or by becoming a member.

The Maternity Voices Partnerships have a formal meeting every three months, bringing all interested parties round the table to discuss maternity issues, and most importantly, to agree actions to keep improving services based on the feedback of local women.

Before each Maternity Voices Partnership meeting, we have a Maternity Voices meet-up. This informal and friendly gathering is open to anyone with recent experience of the maternity services. This might be parents, parents-to-be, grandparents, doulas, antenatal teachers, etc. The key purpose of the meet-up is to sit together and share what we are hearing ‘on the ground’ and agree the priorities we want to discuss at the next Maternity Voices Partnership meeting. It is also a good chance to connect with each other over a cup of tea and a biscuit.