bristol • north somerset • south gloucestershire

About us

Maternity Voices is a group of health care professionals and members of the public who meet four times a year to discuss the maternity services in our area. We used to be called the Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC), established in 2009 in response to the Bristol Maternity Services Review. The group consists of:

Maternity service providers: senior midwives, doctors and health visitors from the management teams of the maternity units including Special Care Baby Units

Maternity commissioners: people who allocate money between the different health needs in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

Maternity service users: non-medical people who represent the women and families who use the maternity services

Dates of upcoming meetings can be found here.

What do we do?

Maternity Voices takes forward issues raised by maternity service users by looking at aspects of the service in detail and making recommendations for improvements. Service users, providers and commissioners then work together on putting these into practice.

For example, we have contributed to the establishment of Cossham Birth Centre and are monitoring the use of midwife-led birth environments across the area.

We have investigated how many different community midwives pregnant women see, and how they feel about this. We are now working with the maternity services to ensure women have the best possible experience of antenatal care in the community.

We are involved in the development of care pathways to ensure the views of women and their families are taken into account, for example for women who have lost their baby.

More information about our activities and reports can be found here.

How can you get involved?