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Maternity, Children and Young People

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Maternity Children and Young People IconSummary

We have multiple objectives focused on improving maternity services alongside services for children and young people. With regards to maternity services, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Transformation Programme is working in partnership with Together We’re Better and new parents to develop local services that meet the recommendations of NHS England’s Better Births report. In terms of children and young people, we’re developing an action plan to tackle those areas where services can be improved.

In 2018, we published our Maternity Transformation Plan . We have been working to update this, and a revised version will be published in Spring 2022.


  • Priorities and projects


    • We want to work with maternity services from surrounding areas to learn and share best practice in order to improve the quality and safety of maternity and newborn services
    • We’re recruiting a team of Maternity Champions to work with women and families in co-producing and improving services (see case study)
    • We’re empowering staff in maternity services to develop new ways of working; e.g. increasing personalised care planning
    • We’re working in partnership with Public Health to undertake a range of developments to improve the health and wellbeing of women and babies; e.g. increase breastfeeding rates
    • We’re increasing perinatal mental health service capacity across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and launching a campaign to reduce perinatal mental health stigma.

    Children and Young People

    • Reducing inappropriate demand in children’s health and social care services with a focus on the most vulnerable (looked after children, children in need of protection)
    • Embed a preventative approach with a focus on early years, positive parenting and early interventions
    • Work across the system to improve the pathways and transition points for children with complex health needs.
  • Aims and outcomes


    • We want to see a 50% reduction in stillbirths by 2025 (20% by 2021)
    • We want 90% of women to be able to choose from three birth settings by 2021
    • We want to see a 50% reduction by 2025 in neonatal brain injuries occurring during childbirth
    • We want a minimum of 51% of women to be on a continuity of carer pathway by 2021

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  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Voices Partnership Newsletter

    Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Voices Partnership newsletter

    Read the latest information from the local Maternity Voices Partnership and our Maternity Champions:

    November 2020

    February 2021

    May/June 2021

    Winter 2021

  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Maternity and Neonatal System

    Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) newsletter

    The latest information from the Together We're Better LMNS:

    Issue 1 - Meet the team and hear about the local Maternity Champions

  • My Pregnancy Notes

    Expectant mums and mums with young children can now access and update a personal online pregnancy record for the first time.

    Wherever you live in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent you can now sign up to access My Pregnancy Notes. It has been launched by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) and is two years ahead of a national target for digital pregnancy records to be made available.

    Using a computer, tablet or smart phone, you can now:

    • Record your preferences for your pregnancy, birth and beyond
    • Record a diary of your pregnancy
    • Record your mood diary
    • Record you baby’s feeds
    • Access the latest leaflets, websites and resources relating to pregnancy all in one place
    • Access the notes you have recorded, wherever and whenever you want
    • Grant access for your partner, relatives, midwives and other health professionals to view the notes you have recorded securely

    Watch our animation below for more information on the uses of My Pregnancy Notes and how to sign up.

  • Become a maternity champion

    If you would like to become a voluntary Maternity Champion, attending parent and baby groups, Children’s Centres, libraries or hospitals wards gathering feedback from women and their experience of maternity services, please email the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Voices Partnership on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    You will not have to do anything outside your normal day-to-day routine and can speak to women as and when you attend groups yourself. The feedback you provide will help inform our work and improve maternity services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

    You can find out about our current Maternity Champions here.

    Search for updates via the hashtags #PanStaffsMVP or #PanStaffsMTP on Twitter.

    You can also join the Maternity Voices Partnership via its Facebook group page – search for ‘Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Maternity Voices Partnership’.

  • Introduction to the programme

  • Resources