The partners involved with Better Births are striving to redesign and develop current services so that women feel well supported and informed throughout their pregnancy. Every woman and her family are unique, and this will influence her personal care throughout her pregnancy, birth and post natal journey, depending on her health, social and spiritual needs. Our wish is to empower women to make informed choices about their care, with support from their families and healthcare professionals.
Local services are coming together to provide an accessible and supportive network for women and their families. It will be easier to choose high quality services that suit their personal circumstances. We are committed to supporting women to have a positive maternity experience.
Where women live very often influences the choices made about place of birth. However, every woman who lives in our area has the option of three places of birth: at home, in an Alongside Birthing Unit (Midwifery Led) or at an Obstetric (Doctor Led) Unit. The midwifery led and doctor led services offer equitable quality care with the Local Maternity System, with those few families who might require very particular specialist services being referred to Addenbrooke's.
We are also working with a variety of other local volunteer groups and services to provide families with help and support during pregnancy and beyond.
Please explore the site to find out more about what we are doing, and what we can offer you. We are very keen for this to site to be an informative, helpful place that will sign post families to appropriate services. Please contact us with any suggestions for improvements to this site.
Meet the Better Births Team
Suzanne Hamilton Clinical Lead for Better Births and Co-chair of the LMS
Suzanne is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. She is also Deputy Medical Director and co-chair for the Local Maternity System.
She qualified as a doctor in 1989 in Edinburgh and trained as an Obstetrician in Scotland. She moved to Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2003 to take up the post of consultant. She has been actively involved as labour ward lead and her special areas of expertise are fetal and maternal medicine. Suzanne has been part of or chaired regional maternity working groups aimed at improving patient pathways and patient care, and has been involved in the STP work regarding the maternity service provision in Cambridgeshire. She is keen to see equity of care delivered across the area.
She is delighted to be the co-chair of the Cambridgeshire LMS, and is passionate about maternity care. Suzanne wants to ensure that women and their families receive excellent care in the services that we provide in.
Liz Phillips – Better Births Programme Manager
Liz's role is to oversee the Better Births programme to ensure we deliver improvements to our maternity services especially focusing on improving the patient experience and safety across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This is in line with the national agenda for maternity. Liz manages the project team and reports to the Senior Responsible Officer. She also provides information to NHS England relating to our programmes progress and ensures we are delivering against national improvements. She links with the Continuity of Carer and Personalisation/Choice work streams.
Liz has worked in the NHS for 34 years and is a registered general nurse. She is married with two children and has used the maternity services in Peterborough.
Beccy Percival - Project Midwife for Better Births
Beccy is a registered midwife and have worked within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Maternity units over the past 14 years. She has worked and lived in various location across the country, including Bath, Birmingham, and Gloucester, all giving her a slightly different view point of maternity services.
Beccy's current role brings the midwifery expertise to the team and the project. She is working with the prevention work stream which includes reducing still births, reducing smoking rates and supporting the work involved in the "halve it" campaign to reduce still births, maternal and neonatal deaths and brain injuries acquired at birth. She is supporting the "community hubs" and "learning from incidents of harm" work streams.
Beccy has three almost grown-up children.
Janine Titman – Project Support Officer
janine's role is to co-ordinate the project documents for meetings and the work streams relating to this huge programme of work, and to keep them on track with milestones and timescales. She also supports the "learning from incidents of harm" work stream.
Having worked in the TV and film industry, Janine moved into the private medical sector then following the birth of her first child she commenced her career within the NHS.
Janine is married with two children and has used Peterborough Maternity Services.