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Maternity Voices Partnership

The SHSCT Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a forum for maternity service users, service providers and community organisations to come together and work in partnership to design, develop and improve maternity services in the Southern Trust area.

Members include parents, parents to be, community organisation representatives, obstetricians, midwives and other SHSCT Staff.

Join our Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

How will members make a difference?

Being a member of the Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a great way for you to get involved in how maternity services are designed, implemented and reviewed for improvements.  We value your views and opinions as these enable us to shape the future of your maternity services.

Commitment required

We meet three times a year with extra opportunities for involvement in specific interest areas and sub groups also. Training and ongoing support will be provided to help develop your confidence and understanding around how to get the most out of being involved.

How can I become involved?

Do you have experience of SHSCT maternity services within the past 4 years and want to work in partnership to help improve services.

If you would like to join the MVP or would like any further information please contact the User Involvement Team at or 02837564474.

  • Jenny Loye
    Jenny Loye

    Why I joined MVP?

    My professional background is in Social Work and I have a keen interest in governance and quality improvement.  I have seen how QI projects that focus on service user involvement can truly make a difference, not only to service user experiences but also to service delivery. I hope to share my professional and personal knowledge and skills to help this project.


    How I see the group moving forward 

    I believe that the continuation of service user engagement is vital to this group moving forward. Suggestions and ideas that were spoken about in early meetings have already been implemented which is very positive. I hope to see this momentum continue.


    Benefits of the group 

    I see the MVP as a forum to speak openly and honestly to staff and other service users about maternity experiences. A place to bounce ideas back and forth and a real opportunity to create a positive difference to the service. I am truly delighted to be a part of this group.

  • Alison Peters

    Alison, Maternity Voices Partnership memberWhy I joined MVP?

    I wanted to be part of the MVP team to be involved with discussions on topics within maternity services and provide any contributions I can as a mummy to two, a breastfeeding peer support and Birthwise volunteer. Being a mummy is the best feeling in the world.

  • Gemma Winter

    Hi my name is Gemma Winter, I am the Antenatal Education Co-ordinator midwife for SHSCT and I am the new co-chair for MVP. I have worked in the SHSCT for over 20 years.

    I am a mummy of 3 and had all my babies in SHSCT. I am passionate about supporting, informing and empowering women in all things bump, birth and baby.

    I want to help drive our maternity services forward with our service user involvement.

  • Emma Fraser

    Emma Fraser holding a baby.I’m Emma and I have been involved in maternity voices in the Southern Trust since 2015. I am mum to 3 – Caitlin born in Daisy hill in 2012, Elliott and Amanda born at home in 2016 and 2022. I have worked with families who are expecting for the past 6 years and love what I do. I am really keen to see parents voices shaping the changes we need to see in maternity services, and my goal is always to ensure that service user are present and involved in all of the conversations about maternity care in the Southern Trust. Always happy to chat to people who would like to get involved but aren’t sure what to expect.