Thinking Differently Together - First 1,000 Days Of Life

We also developed a workstream to analyse, develop and improve the Triage service across ESNEFT. Instead of a survey-based plea for feedback, we created a short video to share on website and social media, informing service users, past and present, of the current challenges and asking for feedback on their experiences. The feedback has been a crucial foundation to the maternity programme’s development and direction. Leaflets and publications We co-produced a series of infographics parent education leaflets to display in paper form and share digitally. We developed promotional material to help recruit new MVP members including postcards in red books and posters for clinic and maternity unit notice boards. We have provided an opportunity for service users to write a letter to their midwife and express the impact of their care. This gave an outlet to families who wanted to express their feelings and experiences after birthing their babies. We collected letters via email and designed and created a booklet that includes unedited letters and birth photography. Books were printed around Christmas 2021 and given to staff across the trusts as a keepsake to uplift, give thanks and refocus. Padlet is an online place where you can create single or multiple walls that are able to house all the posts you want to share. From videos and images to documents and audio, it is literally a blank slate. MVP has collaborated with the maternity programme to create education hubs for staff and families in Suffolk and North East Essex, with information and resources in 17 other languages. Graphics In Colchester, the Juno suite needed a revamp; after discussions with midwives over what imagery would be preferable, we suggested that we could ask local women and birthing people to share their own birth photographs to display and empower others. The response was overwhelming, over 120 women, and resulted in some really powerful and beautiful images, known as the Birth Goddess Project. “Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her... She is never alone”. Suzanne Arms Thinking Differently Together | 16

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