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Somerset Maternity & Neonatal Voices Partnership

Project update

Improving pregnancy and baby loss care in Somerset

Improving pregnancy and baby loss care in Somerset

Somerset MNVP partnered with the Somerset NHS Bereavement Project Lead to ensure that service user voice is driving changes in bereavement care in Somerset.

The Somerset NHS Hospital Trusts signed up to implement the National Bereavement Care Pathway, which has been developed to improve the quality and consistency of bereavement care received by parents after pregnancy or baby loss.

We engaged with service users, gathering their feedback and input, to help Somerset’s maternity team coproduce a new bereavement personal care plan. This plan will be used to support Somerset families who experience a pregnancy or baby loss.

“The MVP offers a way to amplify the voices of parents affected by the death of a baby. It is fantastic to see these changes happening, as it is something we tried to influence for a long time after Finley died, without much success.” Mel, SMNVP service user representative

Find out more:

Somerset Maternity Voices Partnership Impact Report (2020-2021)


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“The coproduction of the survey has provided a valuable resource to capture the views of many families in Somerset… aiding the direction needed in implementing the National Bereavement Care Pathway across Somerset and overall to help improve families’ experiences. Thank you so much for all you do and for the MVP engagement.”

Lucy Blackmore

Bereavement Project Lead Midwife and Professional Midwifery Advocate, Yeovil District Hospital and Somerset NHS Foundation Trusts

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