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December 15, 2016

Christmas 2016 & New Year 2017

Pregnancy Birth East Kent realises that Christmas is both a time of happiness and sometimes one that can bring worries or sad memories too. Wishing those who are celebrating, a peaceful Christmas and to all, a happy New Year 2017!

December 08, 2016

8.12.16 Pregnancy Birth East Kent committee meeting

Fantastic turn-out at Thursday's meeting! We all learnt the excellent news about the successful bid for perinatal funding. We all agreed how welcome this was. We heard from women about the need to develop and maintain such services and how the funding would be used to do so. We also celebrated the opening of a new tongue-tie service in Thanet, finding out more about the service and hearing women's own experiences. We discussed the benefits of carrying out surveys on specific topics to gain feedback and progress the issue. The committee's Terms of Reference could not be agreed at the meeting and will be carried forward. Then we looked at setting meeting dates for 2017 and plans for issues to be raised in the new year.

January 23, 2017

23.1.17 Meeting for mums, partners and their supporters

Welcome to our first service user meeting of 2017. Find out whats going on in the maternity services at East Kent Hospitals Trust and have your say in designing maternity services that suit you.

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Pregnancy Birth East Kent forms part of a national MATERNITY VOICES PARTNERSHIP. This is a government-led initiative to give you even more chances to Have your Say on the maternity services provided in your area. 


Maternity Voices Partnership is a group made up of service users, service user reps, GP’s, maternity professionals, commissioners and others

We have two active Maternity Voices Partnership Groups in Kent and Medway, one in East Kent, and another in West Kent.

We engage with service users in many different ways like social media ie Facebook and Twitter, email, face to face at Parent's Voices meetings and online surveys.

Maternity is a hot topic in the recent health service consultation and the MVPs are best placed to go out to service user groups to engage them in a discussion on future service options and also use social media to get the message out.

Involvement & engagement on a big scale and involvement on smaller scale – project looking at improvements to birth room environments and development of MLU’s, - reviewing leaflets…. Getting views about aspects of Better Births

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This page is run by the mums and dads from Pregnancy Birth East Kent. At our regular Pregnancy Birth East Kent meetings we join with the NHS maternity service staff as well as commissioners to find out about the latest developments being proposed and influence the maternity services currently being offered. 

This page is a place for parents and their supporters to find out more about the maternity service in east Kent from a mum or dad's point of view. The NHS maternity service in this area is covered by the NHS in Eastern and Coastal Kent (Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Shepway, Swale and Thanet).

The service includes the care you receive whilst expecting your baby and the wellbeing of you and your baby during the birth as well as after your baby’s arrival. The service is provided across east Kent in a variety of places; hospitals, children’s centres, maternity centres and at home, and by a variety of people including midwives, obstetricians and paediatricians. It also includes information given to pregnant women in order to make their decisions about scans and tests or to give advice on issues such as food safety.


All the comments on this page are for/by 'Service Users' only.

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