Bath & North East Somerset,
Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW)
Maternity Voices Partnership Plus
Bath & North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Maternity Voices Partnership Plus is a group of volunteer parents and birth workers, midwives, doctors and commissioners. We work together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity services.
Local Area volunteers are parents who have recently used the local maternity services, or people involved in providing services for pregnant and new parents, such as antenatal teachers or breastfeeding supporters. They are a crucial part of the team – the MVP couldn’t function without these volunteers.
What We Do
The MVP is a voice for those who use local maternity services. We collect feedback from women and families across the BSW region on the care they received during pregnancy, labour and in the first couple of weeks after their baby is born. We share this anonymously with the staff at the hospitals and with the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), to see where improvements and changes can be made, and where things are working well. All feedback that we receive is valuable.
Who We Are
Local area volunteers are all parents who have personal experience of maternity care covering our area. We are linked to local services where Mothers receive maternity care.
Bath & North East Somerset
Louisa MacPhail is mum to three children aged between 11 and 3 and lives in Bath.Louisa feels passionately about supporting parents in their transition to parenthood so being part of the MVP team is hugely important to her. She wants to listen to and ultimately improve parents’ experience with our maternity services. In particular she’ll be focusing on Paulton Birth Centre and ‘high risk’ pregnancies and interventions as well as liaising with other local groups.
Sacha Taylor, is mum of one 8-year-old daughter and a passionate advocate for parents using maternity services via her work. She is representing voices of parents in the wider Bath area, as well as mums over 40 and anyone accessing mental health support during their pregnancy/birth/postnatal journey. She also represents parents using the Trowbridge Birth Centre and would love to hear from you if you would like to share your experiences to help us as a team maintain high standards of maternity care in our area.
Katie Pande lives in Frome and is mum to Jasmine, born in May 2019. After experiencing a difficult and complicated pregnancy and birth herself and a diagnosis of postnatal depression, Katie volunteered for MVP to help provide a voice and support for parents in her area who need information, a helping hand or a listening ear in difficult times.
Chaya Tagore lives with her 3-year-old daughter Rachel and fiancé Simon in Bath. Her adult daughter Boudicca lives in Chippenham! She started as the MVP Lead in September 2019. Her role will be to support the volunteers across the Bath & NE Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) areas who will be ‘on the ground’ listening to families in their local communities. With their support, they will be mapping themes that come up which will then be presented to the Local Maternity System (LMS) so that true co-production of maternity services take place.
Embling Tolfree lives in Chippenham with her husband and two daughters, aged 4 years and 7 months old. She’s looking forward to hearing about parents’ experiences, particularly if you have accessed Chippenham Birth Centre and breastfeeding support in the last 5 years.
Simon Capes is dad to one daughter and lives in Bath. He is keen to hear other dads’ experiences of maternity care. If you prefer a face-to-face chat, he and his daughter can often be found at Bath Central Library or at toddler groups in the city (Charlotte Street Elim on Mondays and St Mary’s Bathwick on Fridays). Simon is also keen to hear from Dads in the Swindon and Wiltshire areas who would like to join him to form a Dads sub-group.
Vicki Youdan is Mum to Shayla and Cassidy and step mum to Beth. They all live in Keynsham with the girl’s Dad, Tom and their cat, Vader. Vicki is representing the MVP in the area of Bath, for parents whose babies were born at the RUH and also for parents who have experienced homelessness. As a mother who has experienced birth at RUH herself and also been affected by homelessness. Vicki is really keen to support families after the birth of their baby and to find ways in which the services they’re offered can be improved.
Anna Lear is mum to Hazel, born at Chippenham Birthing Centre in 2019. She is interested in hearing feedback on maternity services in Swindon with her key focuses being home births, mental health and infant feeding. If you accessed maternity services in Swindon please email any feedback.
Julie is mum to three children and lives in Swindon. Julie believes that all women and their partners can and should have a positive pregnancy, birth and postnatal experience and is keen to hear from parents about their experience of maternity services to find out about what is working well, and to find ways in which services offered can be improved.
I’m Carla. I am married and between us we have 6 children all grown up, and 3 grandsons. I am passionate about women being fully informed about their decisions for their own body in birth and beyond. My aim is to help them feel in control, know their own power and be able to make calm choices in this chaotic world. I will be focussing on Home Birth and Older mothers. If you accessed Maternity Services in the Salisbury area, please email your feedback to: email@example.com
Hello! I’m Jo from Salisbury, Mum to twin baby girls plus my 5 year old daughter & 9 year old son. I’m delighted to be joining the BSW MVP team & aim to put the many local connections I’ve made here since starting a family to good use. It’s a particularly exciting time for maternity services in this area since the recent approval of the new midwife led unit at Salisbury District Hospital (SDH)
I’d love to hear from you if you have experiences you’d like to share – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi, I’m Sarah, I have two boys, and live in Salisbury. I’m a NICU parent, a ‘high risk’ mum due to underlying conditions, and I have a passion for infant feeding. I’m a strong advocate for birthing rights in any situation, having experienced both a preemie birth and a homebirth VBAC myself, and would love to hear about your experiences locally.