MSLCs – new Department of Health guidelines coming soon

Great news that the 2006 Department of Health MSLC guidelines are being updated – publication of the new guidelines expected soon. Reflecting on where we are now, with thanks to Midirs for permission to post, here is my article from April 2015 on MSLCs. What are MSLCs? How do they work? What do they contribute […]

Maternity Voices Partnerships – looking forward: innovation building on experience

I felt honoured and inspired when I read Mary Newburn’s article in the March 2017 edition of MIDIRS Women changing maternity services. A look at service user involvement in the UK. It’s a love letter to a movement with a long history, an active present, and an important contribution to make to Better Births implementation. […]

Posts index

Birth & History The history of maternity care – knowing the journey matters (Oct 2015) NICE CG190 Intrapartum Care NICE CG190 blogging the guideline – intro to NICE guideline process (May 2016) NICE CG190 recommendations wordle (Nov 2015) NICE CG190 fetal monitoring in labour – intro (May 2016) NICE CG190 fetal monitorig in labour (CTG) […]

The NHS Constitution & The Berwick Report: service user involvement & co-design

Notes for MSLC Members & Maternity Commissioners The NHS Constitution, and the 160-page Handbook, that accompanies it are interesting & exciting documents. Worth a browse if you are interested in co-design as an MSLC member, whether a service user or professional member. Key to your work if you are a maternity commissioner. Here are some […]

Awaiting the National Maternity Review report

January 2016. We’re awaiting the publication of the National Maternity Review report and recommendations. The work has been undertaken in less than a year. If you haven’t read the 1993 Changing Childbirth Report, which was also chaired by Julia Cumberledge, do borrow a copy and read it soon – lots has changed since then, but […]

MSLC info

The MSLC I serve on has its own Facebook page, blog and hosted webpage – here: Contact: Maternity Forum (MSLC) chair Lisa Ramsey Annual Report 15/16 – Film – your MSLC – Annual Report   Previous annual reports published on the websites above – 2014-15 Report here (summary and full pdfs): […]


Catherine Williams @BerksMaternity Catherine has served on two MSLCs as a service user rep and lay advocate. She originally went along in 2004 to explain that giving birth on your back – pushing the baby round a corner and uphill – didn’t seem like the best idea for a healthy woman. She was Chair of […]