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Local maternity voices partnership extends to include neonatal care

A local group dedicated to improving local maternity services is changing its name, and its role, to include neonatal care.
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The Rosie Maternity and Neonatal Voices, is forming one of the first joint maternity and neonatal voices partnerships in the country. This independent, multi-disciplinary working group is led by service users - pregnant and new parents who have experience of maternity or neonatal care -  who work together with hospital staff and other organisations to improve local maternity and neonatal services for everyone. Their work supports the national maternity and neonatal transformation programme to improve health outcomes for women and birthing people, babies and the wider families.

Neonatal care is the type of care a baby born premature or sick receives in a neonatal unit. Units are a part of hospitals which provide care for babies who are born prematurely (before 37 weeks’ gestation), with a medical condition which needs treatment, or at a low birthweight.

Kelly Phizacklea, Vice Chair of Rosie Maternity Voices, said, “We are very excited to announce that we are extending to cover neonatal services. As around 1 in 7 babies in the UK will be admitted to a neonatal care unit each year it's really important for us to support the whole journey from pregnancy to postnatal care, including neonatal care for those families.

“Nationally, the maternity and neonatal transformation programme focuses on collaboration between maternity and neonatal care, and we will be supporting this relationship between the two specialities. We look forward to working with the neonatal team and service users to improve neonatal critical care at The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge." 

Liz Phillips, Local Maternity and Neonatal System Transformation Programme Manager at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “We are always looking at ways to support and improve maternity and neonatal services in Cambridgeshire. We are delighted that The Rosie Maternity and Neonatal Voices will now be supporting more families through their pregnancy journey and beyond helping them to have a positive maternity and neonatal experience.”

To see more about Rosie Maternity and Neonatal Voices' work and for service users who want to get involved please visit Rosie Neonatal Voices Facebook page.