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 the Reading, Wokingham & West Berks Maternity Forum (MSLC) from November 2011 to May 2015, and is still one of the team.
From 2011 to 2014 she served as a NICE lay member on the Guideline Development Group updating CG190 NICE Intrapartum Care – care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. She is proud to be a NICE Fellow 2016-19.
She has worked as a policy adviser in a consumer complaint-handling organisation at national level (since first joining an MSLC), qualified as an NCT antenatal practitioner in 2012, and currently works for a local Healthwatch, focusing on primary care issues and supporting public involvement in health services.
Catherine read The Roar Behind the Silence when it was published in February 2015, and notes that the call for change in maternity care comes from midwives, women, doulas, and doctors, together. Women, babies, families and maternity care workers – all need this change.
She studied biology at the University of Birmingham – so ‘birth & biology’ – in time blogposts will cover both.
All views expressed are personal, and not attributable to any organisation or group for which Catherine works, or with which she is associated.
Find out more about the Reading, Wokingham & West Berks Maternity Forum (MSLC) here: https://westberksmslc.wordpress.com/ (blog – includes some meeting agendas)
the Forum is also on Twitter as @ReadingMSLC #mslc #MatExp
and here:http://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk/wards-and-services/Maternity_Forum.htm (with annual reports 2011 onwards)