We are so excited to be here representing the parents and soon-to-be parents of Oxfordshire! We are here to ensure your feedback is delivered to the entire committee at our meetings (held four times a year at the John Radcliffe) and that improvements are made to the already brilliant service that Oxfordshire maternity Services delivers.
Want to know more about us? Read below!
I am a doula/post-natal doula, wife, and mother to a 3-year-old. I am thrilled to be co-chair of this group because I am passionate about women’s experiences in the antenatal, perinatal and postnatal period. I believe in supporting women to have the most positive experience possible by helping them to access the best, and most appropriate services for them and their babies, and enabling them to make informed decisions about their care.
As a doula I offer support alongside the maternity services to achieve this for individual women and their families but I aspire to be able to work with the maternity services to help improve them for all the women they serve.
Much of my work as a doula, as well as the peer support work I do for two local ‘baby cafes’ is listening with a supportive ear to women’s experiences and this role gives an extra platform to make women’s voices heard.
Before having my son I worked for 10 years in the nature conservation charity sector, working to improve local nature reserves for wildlife as well as engaging the public with the wildlife of the UK. I love walking and being outdoors, especially with toddler in tow!”
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“Hi, I’m a primary school teacher and have an almost 2 year old and another on the way in October. I wanted to be involved with OMVP as I think it’s such a useful and valuable service. It’s so important those who have used the maternity service have an opportunity to share their experiences and give feedback and OMVP provides that opportunity and works hard to help improve services. Particular areas of interest for me are antenatal care and the information given during this time, post natal care including mental health and feeding experiences. I’m loving being involved with this service and have seen its huge value in supporting people, especially during these strange times.”
I have lived in Oxfordshire for 6 years and currently work in a GPs surgery part time. I moved here from London and I am used to be very busy! That’s why when the post of Vice-Chair of the MVP came up when my daughter was 9 months, I jumped at applying for it. Hayley and Louise really are the dream team to work with – I feel so lucky to be involved in something as exciting and positive as the MVP. The midwives, doctors, health care professionals and volunteers are such an inspiring and hard working group of people and I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic group of people.
My husband and I had a difficult road to having our daughter (born in the John Radcliffe after a long but exciting 48 hour labour) with three early miscarriages, and I also had a nasty bout of post-natal depression when she turned one. We are so lucky to live in Oxfordshire where we have access to some of the best maternity and post-natal care in the country and I was very keen to use my experiences positively and help other women and their families to access more support and care and to help improve services further. I have a specific interest in improving access to care and support for families experiencing baby loss and improving access to breast feeding and feeding support in the county.
“Hello I’m Charlotte – I’m due in October with my first baby and found out about the OMVP due to the virtual tours of the various birth units available, which was such a brilliant resource in the midst of lock down and moving to oxford and trusts mid-pregnancy! My day job is a chartered accountant so when I saw the treasurer position pop up, I immediately wanted to be able to give something back to the OMVP so applied straight away! Am very much looking forward to starting my role and hoping to help lots more women access the wonderful resources the service provides.”
I am mum to a 2 year old boy and a 3 month old girl and am currently on maternity leave from my job as a Commercial and Agricultural Property Solicitor. I moved to the county recently and my baby girl was born here at the height of lock down!
I was keen to get involved because I have seen how bad maternity care can be and also seen how good it can be. I know the long term impact that both can have on women both physically and emotionally. Having seen both sides of the coin I feel I have a lot to contribute and so was keen to get involved! I have particular interests in breastfeeding and home births.
Who else comes to meetings?
Representation is offered from the vast spectrum of the NHS as well as MVP volunteers. Usually attending meetings are:
- The Co-chairs and Vice chair of the committee
- The Head of midwifery
- One or more Consultant midwives
- Better Births Consultant midwife
- GP representative
- Obstetric representative
- One or more members of the Oxfordshire CCG
- Volunteer representation
- Student midwife representative
- Health Visitor Representative