Maternity Voices is an initiative that aims to involve women and their families in the development of local maternity services. We want Dorset’s maternity service to be the best it can be, which means that it must meet the needs of those using the service. Women and their partners must be shown that their voices and experiences matter.
Dorset has two Maternity Voices Lead Representatives: Rachel Filmer in East Dorset, and Lucy Ruddle in West Dorset. They go out into the community to speak to women and their partners about their experiences of maternity care in Dorset. They then represent that feedback in meetings with clinical and organisational staff, in an attempt to constantly improve the service and address any reported issues. They are also involved in specific pieces of work, such as the development of this website and the design of care pathways.