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 has the option, in this area of three places of birth. Home, Alongside Birthing Unit (Midwifery Led) and 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 informative, helpful and sign post families to appropriate services. Any suggestions to improve this site please contact us.
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 and 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 actively involved in the STP work regarding the maternity service provision in Cambridgeshire and 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 and want to ensure that women and their families receive excellent care in the services that we provide in.
Liz Phillips – Better Births Programme Manager
My 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. I manage the project team and report to the Senior Responsible Officer and provide information to NHS England relating to our programmes progress and ensure we are delivering against national improvements. I link with the Continuity of Carer and Personalisation/Choice work streams.
I have worked in the NHS for 34 years and I am a registered general nurse. I am married with two children and have used the maternity services at Peterborough.
Beccy Percival - Project Midwife for Better Births
I am a registered midwife and have worked within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Maternity units over the past 14 years. I have worked and lived in various location across the country, including, Bath, Birmingham, and Gloucester all giving me a slightly different view point of maternity services.
My current role brings the midwifery expertise to the team and the project. I am 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. I am also supporting the Community Hubs and Learning from Incidents of Harm work streams.
I have three almost grown-up children.
Janine Titman – Project Support Officer
My 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. I also support the Learning from Incidents of Harm work stream.
Having worked in the TV and film industry, I moved into the private medical sector then following the birth of my first child I commenced my career within the NHS.
I am married with two children and have used Peterborough Maternity Services.
Alex Bullimore - Public and Patient Involvement Specialist
My role is to encourage people to provide feedback on their experience of our local maternity services. I work with teams of health staff, volunteers, patients and members of the public to help bring issues and ideas to light, looking at how services might be improved for the people who are using them. My focus is on listening to people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as well as bringing individuals together from a range of different backgrounds.
My background is in NHS communications, and I am a current user of the maternity services in Peterborough, with one young child and another on the way. I’m here to listen to you, and I want to support you. Our population is incredibly diverse, so we need your help and input to make maternity services the best they can be for you. The Better Births team values everyone’s contributions, so please do get in touch with us!
Mary Hennells – Project and Service Improvement Manager
I joined the Team at the beginning of December 2018. My role is to provide project management overview within the Better Births Maternity Team. I support the delivery and development of improved health outcomes and performance in relation to Better Births across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. I am responsible for supporting the service re-design, commissioning and delivery of projects within the work streams of the Better Births programme remit alongside the project midwives, with specific focus on the continuity of carer work stream and Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle in the first few months.
I have worked for the NHS for over 10 years across a variety of different settings including children’s services within acute trusts and community services. I am married with two girls and have used maternity services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.