About Bromley Maternity Voices

What is Bromley Maternity Voices?

BMV is a dedicated committee made up of local parent representatives and health professionals, which advises the NHS in Bromley on the care they provide to women, their partners and their babies, during pregnancy, birth and in the weeks after the baby’s arrival. Our role is to make sure that local maternity units listen to and take account of the views and experiences of people who use their maternity services.

Who are the members?

  • local people who are currently expecting a baby or who have had a baby recently (user reps)
  • representatives from voluntary groups who support pregnant women and new parents, such as the NCT, the Daisy Foundation and the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association (SANDs)
  • representatives from Bromley Public Health and Bromley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
  • healthcare professionals working in the community and at Princess Royal University Hospital, such as senior midwives, obstetricians, neonatologists, health visitors and GPs and staff from the local authority, children’s centres and doulas.

What are our priorities for 2017?

  1. Supporting our local maternity services to become Baby Friendly
  2. Helping to protect physiological birth by:
    1. Ensuring that women requesting an elective caesarian section understand the risks involved and get the support they need to make an informed decision
    2. Providing better support for couples at home
    3. Promoting home birth as an option
  3. Antenatal education/information to support women in making informed decisions about their care

How can I find out more about Maternity Voices Partnerships (MVPs)?

You can learn more about MVPs or find your local MVP at National Maternity Voices. Bromley Maternity Voices has been actively involved in setting up this new umbrella body for MVPs.