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Maternity Services

Across the Black Country, NHS organisations, Healthwatch, women and their families are working together to develop maternity services.

In February 2016, NHS England published the national maternity review which sets out a vision for maternity services across the country to become safer, more personalised and family friendly. It called on local areas to ensure every woman has access to unbiased and trusted information to help them to make decisions about themselves and their baby.

The Black Country Local Maternity System (LMS) includes representatives from:

  • Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Healthwatch representatives from Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton
  • NHS England
  • Patient representatives from the local maternity voices partnership
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Walsall Healthcare Trust NHS Trust
  • Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group

The Black Country LMS have been looking at how services are currently delivered and what needs to change to deliver the vision described in the national maternity review. They have also been reviewing feedback from women and families so that they can develop a plan for how local maternity services should be delivered by 2020/21.

How can I get involved?

If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be, the Black Country Maternity Voices Partnership would love to hear from you! Whatever stage you’re at in the maternity journey, your experience and views will help us to understand what women and their families want and need from local maternity services.

The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a forum for maternity service users and local maternity staff to come together to design services that meet the needs of local women and families in the Black Country.

Members include mums, dads, parents-to-be, grandparents, NHS doctors and midwives from the local area and members of local community groups who provide their services and support to mums-to-be and new parents and babies.

Being part of the MVP is a great way for you and your family to share your views and experiences of maternity care in the Black Country.

The feedback and opinions you share are so important to the development of local maternity services and will help us to understand what women and their families want and need from every stage of their maternity journey.

There are also opportunities to meet and talk to other parents and discuss maternity care with local NHS staff.

Meetings are held on the second Monday on a quarterly basis.

Whether you attend once or come to every meeting, you views are invaluable in helping us develop local maternity services.

Dudley MVP meeting dates:

  • Monday 13th August 2018 14.30-16.00
  • Monday 12th November 2018 14.30-16.00
  • Monday 11th February  2019 14.30-16:00
  • Monday 13th May 2019 14.30-16.00

All at Dudley North Family Centre, Bayer Street, Coseley Bilston WV14 9DS

Walsall MVP meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 19 September 2018 at 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 21 November 2018 at 10am to 12pm
  • Wednesday 16 January 2019 at 10am to 12pm

All at Walsall Midwifery Led Unit, Charles Street, Walsall WS2 9LZ


Babies and children are very welcome to attend these meetings.

If you would like to join your local MVP or would like to share your views on maternity services in the Black Country, please contact dudleyccg.contact@nhs.net  You can also stay up to date by following us on Twitter at @local_maternity 

Attend a 'Whose shoes' listening event!

As part of our commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services, ‘Whose Shoes?’ workshops have been organised across the Black Country.

The purpose of the workshops is to bring people that are involved or that have experienced maternity services together.

This is an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand the experiences of women and their families.

If you’re a new mum or mum-to-be living in the Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall or Wolverhampton area, please attend and share your views, experiences or ideas. For more information contact dudleyccg.contact@nhs.net