Meet the team 

Laura Naish

Strategic Chair ​

 

I’m Laura, Strategic Chair for University Hospitals Sussex Maternity Voices. I’m proud to be part of this wonderful initiative working in partnership with the NHS and Care & Quality Commission to improve birth, maternity & postnatal services in our region.

Maternity Voices are here to support you, to listen and to ensure that your voices are heard.

 

I am mum to a happy, healthy toddler but my journey through pregnancy wasn’t as straightforward as I would have expected. My mental health deteriorated and I was also diagnosed with severe preeclampsia. This made me really unwell, leading to an emergency C-section & premature birth of my daughter.

Having a baby has changed my entire orbit and it is these experiences have made me want to help and support others.

During pregnancy I learned that it can be difficult to access the services you need and advocate for yourself at a vulnerable time in your life. This means that I can empathise with and support parents on their journey. I can also provide them with knowledge about what help is available to them during and after pregnancy. ‘

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Katrina Russell

Co-Chair - representing St Richard's Hosptial, Chichester

 

I'm Katrina, Co-chair for the University Hospital's Sussex (UHSx) Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP). I am a local Mum to two wonderful children, born at St Richard's Hospital in April 2020 and January 2022. Having used the local services for both my children, I am very excited to be the MVP representative for St Richard's Hospital and the Chichester area. I have had two non-textbook births myself and experienced first-hand the big impact small changes can make on new Mum's and their partners physical and mental well-being. In the words of Giovanna Fletcher "Happy Mum, Happy Baby!".

As MVP Co-Chair for St Richard's Hospital I am passionate about listening to you and your family about your pregnancy, birth and post-natal experience. I want to hear your views and ideas about how maternity services in your community can be improved. I am here to help your voice be heard, and together work with NHS staff to ensure everyone who comes here receives the best care and support.

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Sally Sutherland

Co-Chair - representing Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton & Hove

 

I am Sally, the Co-Chair of the UHSx Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), representing the Royal Sussex County Hospital and Brighton and Hove. Originally from Bradford, I have lived in Brighton and Hove for 13 years, where I had my two children. I believe strongly in the work of the MVP and am committed to reducing maternal, parental, and infant health inequities. For me, this involves listening to and understanding the experiences of everyone related to pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-natal systems and services. I am here to platform voices and to collaboratively action change.

As a designer, educator, and design researcher, I am bringing skills and experience from my professional work into this role. My work is in maternal, parental, and infant health and intersecting social and reproductive justice issues.

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Hannah Daly

Co-Chair - representing Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath/Mid Sussex

 

I’m Hannah & I am the new Co-Chair for UHSx (University Hospital Sussex) Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP). I will be representing Princess Royal Hospital and the Haywards Heath area. I am a proud mother to three children, and I will shortly be completing an NCT Antenatal Practitioner course based at Worcester University.

I have had many years of experience working with children and young adults with additional needs and am passionate that every person has a voice and are treated equally no matter their background and circumstance. For this role, my mission is to help advocate for people and work with the trust to help provide parents and expectant parents with the best possible care.

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Alice Sambrook

Co-Chair - representing Worthing Hospital

I’m Alice Sambrook, proud new Co-Chair for the UHSx Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), representing Worthing hospital. I grew up in nearby Ferring village, and I know and love the area and community.

I gave birth to my son, Albie, at the height of lockdown in 2020, which added a heap of extra challenges to an already daunting time. I was lucky enough to have a fairly straightforward pregnancy, but battled through a very long labour, a rocky breastfeeding journey and post-natal mental health issues.

 

Two years later, I’ve come out the other side healthy and happy with a gorgeous, cheeky toddler. My other job is a cookery book editor, and I love to spend hours cooking healthy gourmet meals for my son (who often refuses them, but that doesn’t stop me!).

My own experiences accessing maternity services made me realise that how we are cared for during this momentous life occasion, when we are at our most vulnerable, matters so very much. The experience can set the tone for the beginning of our journey into parenthood and beyond.

By providing NHS staff with valuable feedback from local families, I am going to be working together with healthcare professionals to help improve local maternity services. From the small details that make all the difference, right through to the huge facts about the quality of your care and the support services you were able to access – I want to hear about your experience at Worthing hospital and in the community. 

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