What is the MVP?

The Maternity Voices Partnership is an independent body that has been set up to listen to and speak for people who use or have used maternity services at Ipswich Hospital, and we’d really like to hear what you think about your maternity care – before, during and after your baby’s birth.

You can help shape local maternity services for the future. Maternity Voices Partnerships are independent committees which influence and share in local decision making. 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.


Who attends the Maternity Voices Partnership?

Maternity service users and families
• Charities and advocacy groups
• Commissioners
• Providers
• Statutory partners, including Healthwatch
• Clinical and managerial representation (midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists, members of the management and financial management team).


Why Should I Get Involved?

If you have anything you want to feed back to the MVP group – any good practice, or anything you feel should be changed, you can come along and share your views.

This is an independent body, chaired by Jo Cresdee.


When and where does the MVP meet?

Maternity Voices Partnership meetings take place in a variety of locations, either during the day or in the evening, in order to be as accessible as possible to the widest number of service users. You can find the dates of meetings through the Facebook group. Babies are always welcome to attend meetings.


Call for User Representatives

We would really appreciate it if those of you who have recently had babies or who attend a number of toddler/baby groups in the area would act as “reps” so that we can hear the stories of other families who are perhaps still unable to attend the MVP meetings – please can you drop us a line on jo@suffolkbabies.co.uk if you would like to become one of these reps and then we can start to build up a bit of a map of the area – so that we can ensure that as much of the Ipswich Hospital Trust area is represented at this group as possible.