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Reading Wokingham and West Berks Maternity Forum

The Reading, Wokingham and West Berks Maternity Forum.

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Would you like to help improve the local maternity services?

What is the forum?

The Committee is a team of individuals involved in improving and developing local maternity services. It aims to ensure that the views of local parents are taken into account.

What is included in maternity services?

Maternity Services include:

  • Antenatal Care: Care given by midwives and obstetricians (doctors specialising in pregnancy and birth) at appointments and scans performed within the hospital setting before the birth.
  • Care given during birth whether at home or in Hospital.
  • Postnatal (after the birth) support offered by midwives to new parents and their babies.

Who is involved in the committee?

The committee involves both professionals and parents.

It includes:

  • NHS midwives, supervisors of midwives and doctors involved in Maternity Services.
  • Representatives from the local Primary Care Trust.
  • Parents from the local community.
  • Members of voluntary groups who offer services to new parents and their babies, such as the National Childbirth Trust, Lamaze, Doula’s and Homebirth groups.

Can I be involved?

Yes! You can be involved if you are a parent living in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire Areas. Mums and dads are welcome!

We would be interested in your views about:

  • Parent-craft classes
  • Community maternity care.
  • Care given in labour.
  • Postnatal care and feeding support.
  • Other areas of care given to you that you feel are important and how they can be improved.

Your feedback will be used to further develop and improve the Maternity Services in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire Areas.

At the quarterly meetings, the members discuss a wide range of issues. These can vary from the practical issues of ward visiting times, through to reviewing hospital policies on induction and caesarean section.

Parent Members are invited to discuss the maternity service and make suggestions for improvements. In between meetings, parent members need to find out about the experiences of other parents, so that these can be represented at the next meeting.

If you would like to be more involved please contact us either by email: ppi.team@berkshire.nhs.uk or by using the free-post address on the top right hand side of this page.


Useful contacts

Contact Lisa Ramsey, Maternity Forum Chair, email: mslcparentreps@hotmail.com

Freepost RTCY-ECZK-KXCK Communication and Engagement Team Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit 57-59 Bath Road Reading Berkshire RG30 2BA

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