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Your thoughts, your feelings, and your voice matters to us

Who we are...

Our Maternity Voices Partnership (or MVP) is a team of local parents, birthing people & their families, commissioners & healthcare providers who work together to review & improve local maternity care.

The partnership includes, but is not limited to:

  • Maternity Voices Partnership Chairs 

  • Service users

  • Service user representatives (including doulas, antenatal educators, breastfeeding counsellors, Healthwatch, hypnobirthing educators, charities and NCT)

  • Maternity staff

  • Transformation leads

  • Commissioners

What we do...

Our primary role is to listen. We listen to your thoughts & feelings about your experience of pregnancy, birth & the postnatal period throughout University Hospitals Sussex.

UHSussex Maternity Voices covers the following four hospitals and those giving birth in the community:

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton

  • Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath

  • Worthing Hospital

  • St Richards Hospital in Chichester

How we do this...

We hear your feedback via

  • Surveys

  • Engaging on social media

  • Email 

  • 1-1 conversations

  • Listening events

  • Visiting the hospitals to talk to you 

  • Attending community groups

  • 15 steps visits to the hospitals

  • Your involvement in co-producing work with the Trust

We meet regularly with the Trust to ensure your voices are heard, the feedback is passed on and any issues addressed.


We meet 4 times a year on Microsoft Teams, to discuss how local maternity services are currently being used. We look at what’s going well, which areas need improvement and at the key issues our midwives are currently focusing on. It’s also a platform to raise and explore the feedback we receive through our survey and other mediums.

The MVP creates an opportunity for anyone who has used the maternity services in Brighton & Hove, Haywards, Worthing and Chichester to work with our local NHS teams in helping to develop and implement change.

National Maternity Voices Partnership


For more information on the National Maternity Voices, visit the National Maternity Voices website.

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