Lancashire and South Cumbria Better Births

Lancashire and South Cumbria Better Births

NHS, local councils and partner organisations are working together across Lancashire and South Cumbria to make sure all women, their babies and their families experience safe, kind, compassionate and personalised care, and to make sure they can access support that is centred on their needs and circumstances.

The partners involved with Better Births Lancashire and South Cumbria want to develop innovative new services to make sure you are well supported and informed at every stage of your pregnancy, enabling you to make decisions about your care which are best suited to you and your family.

Part of our engagement with women and families is through the local Maternity Voices Partnerships. A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a team of women and their families, commissioners and providers (midwives and doctors) working together to review and contribute to the development of local maternity care.


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The purpose of local MVP’s are to ensure that:


• Every woman on the maternity pathway has a chance to have her voice heard about the service she is receiving through an MVP

• Every MVP is adequately resourced to engage in true co-production of maternity services

• Local MVP chairs and service user members feel networked and supported in their role

• MVPs are involved in work in their local communities but also represented at Local Maternity System (LMS) level


Contact details for Maternity Voices Partnerships across Lancashire and South Cumbria:


Central Lancs MVP

Co-Chairs – Kate Ismail & Francesca Seed



Fylde Coast MVP

Co-Chairs – Loreto Rubianes & Rebecca Rowley


Baywide MVP

Chair –Mel Elliston


Pennine Lancashire MVP

Co-Chairs  – Louise Dunn & Anne Goodwin


Upcoming Meetings:

Monday 16th July – MVP Baywide – 10-12pm – St Thomas’ Church, Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA94QG

Tuesday 17th July – MVP Central Lancs – 10:30 -13:30 – Valley Church, Fourfields, Bamber Bridge, PR56GS

Thursday 19th July – MVP Fylde Coast – 10-12pm – Whitegate Health Centre, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, FY39ES

More information about Better Births can be found on the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria website.