We have been working to improve maternity services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent since 2016 and continue to listen to as many views and experiences of women and their families as possible, to help us progress our work. Find out how you can get involved below.
Share your experience of maternity services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Together We’re Better, the local health and care partnership, is seeking to improve midwifery services in these areas by offering more personalised care around the needs of pregnant people and their families.
Our clinicians and staff are working to develop proposals to support an on-demand model – this includes exploring how we can restore births at County and Samuel Johnson, which were temporarily closed due to COVID-19. There is more work for us to do, behind the scenes before we can confirm this model will happen. We will need to listen to our staff as we look to develop a continuity of carer rota. We will also need to train and recruit new midwives to support this community model
We hope that by autumn/winter 2021 we will be able to offer this model – subject to the COVID-19 situation
Listening to your views
We also want to listen to the views of people who use, work in or support maternity services to inform our proposals.
On Friday 16 July we held a virtual event to get feedback from people who have given birth in the last three years, are currently pregnant or are thinking starting or expanding their family in the next few years. Partners and anyone working in maternity services were also encouraged to attend and share their views and experiences.
We are still really keen to hear your views, so if you were unable to attend the online event on 16 July, please complete this survey to tell us about your experiences. The survey will close at midnight on the 8 August 2021.
You can find out more about our future ways of working by reading our Issues Paper.
You can also watch our short video to listen to our midwives talking about potential future ways of working for maternity services. https://youtu.be/C3IBPZtMk0Q
Don’t have time for the full video? Watch our short videos, below:
What is Continuity of Carer and an On Demand Service: https://youtu.be/Q7cUm-sAc8A
Where can I give birth?: https://youtu.be/kBixIg59BwU
The feedback from the event and this survey will help to inform and shape future maternity services. We will aim to keep you informed and involved as we develop our proposals. The feedback from this event and the survey will be considered by the hospital trusts and the Clinical Commissioning Groups and will be published on our website.
If you need printed copies of the documents, need documents in different formats or languages or need help to complete the survey, please call us on 0333 150 2155