The central Lancashire maternity services liaison committee (MSLC) is a forum for providers and commissioners of maternity services to come together, alongside users of maternity services to help design facilities and provisions that meet the needs of local women, parents and families.
Meeting regularly, the group discusses a range of topics, from the information women receive at antenatal appointments, to the impact Preston Birth Centre has had, with the aim of ensuring that current services are achieving their goals.
And, to better shape future discussions and planning, the MSLC are launching a new monthly group – Maternity Experiences Time.
The ME time group will offer expectant parents the opportunity to meet new people in an informal environment, share their experiences and discuss how services can be developed. This feedback will then directly influence and shape the work of the MSLC. Held at local Children’s centres, the groups are a great opportunity to take a break from daily life, and have a drink and a chat in a safe and relaxed setting.
Service user representative and chair of the MSLC, Kate Ismail said: “The most valuable tool we have as a group is feedback, recognising not only where we can improve, but also the excellent services and positive impact maternity services in central Lancashire can provide.
“The ME time group is your opportunity to have your voice heard, and impact maternity services from the ground up. We want to involve as many parents and mother-to-be as possible, working alongside them to develop our work.”
The next session is on 14 July and runs from 2pm -4pm, at Sunshine Children’s Centre, Brant Road, Preston PR2 5TU. If you would like more information on how you can get involved in the work of the MSLC, or are unable to attend the meeting and would like details on future plans, contact Madeleine on 01772 214607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org