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Maternity Voices Partnerships

Influence and share in local decision making

Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) are a team of women and their families, commissioners and providers, working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care.

MVP’s serve the needs of local women and families, gathering feedback and advising the Local Maternity Systems, Clinical Networks and those commissioning services from a service user perspective.

All women in the local area should be able to participate in an MVP by giving feedback or becoming service user members of an MVP. Partners and families may also wish to give feedback or join a partnership.

Membership of an MVP may include:

  • Maternity service users and families (service users should constitute one third of the group)
  • Maternity Providers – clinical and managerial representation (midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists, members of the management and financial management team).
  • Charities and advocacy groups
  • Commissioners
  • Statutory partners, including Healthwatch

There are some excellent examples of the impact MVPs are having in your local area, here is an example at South Tees:

To find an MVP in your area please visit

Maternity Engagement Group

The Local Maternity Systems also host a Maternity Engagement Group. The purpose of the group is to link up the Chairs of the Maternity Voices Partnership groups and parent groups across Northern England to offer peer support and share best practice.

The group will engage and listen to all parent groups; using this insight to inform the activity of the LMS and improve service quality as per the Better Births Review.

Each Local Maternity System also employ a lay representative to advocate the views of women and their families and ensure their voice is at the centre of all decision making.

To find out more please get in touch.

MVPs in practice


The South Tees Maternity Voice Partnership has set up a sub-group to focus on issues related to ethnic diversity.

Group members, some of whom feature on the video, have supported the development of this promotional tool which was co-produced with Teesside University. The aim is to promote a career in midwifery focusing on people from diverse backgrounds.