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 delighted to be co-chair of this group. I am an Assistant Headteacher, wife and mother to three boys
As the daughter of a career midwife, I have grown up with the firm belief that women deserve the very best when giving birth. I strongly believe that it is not an experience you can get back and to quote my own Mum “it should be like hitching a lift in Rolls Royce”. I feel that my understanding of the service as well as my first hand experience of the JR give me insight that will prove beneficial to the role. I firmly believe that maternity services should empower women to have the birth that is right for them and their baby”
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!”
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 bought 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 babyloss and improving access to breast feeding and feeding support in the county.
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