My name is Corinne and I’m a mum to a little girl called Isabella; who was born during the global coronavirus pandemic so, I’m well versed in terms of experience in being both pregnant and giving birth during one of the most uncertain and unsettling times of all of our lives or, at least to-date and hopefully ever.
This was one of the main reasons for me wanting to get involved with the Maternity Voices Partnership. I consider myself capable and adept at navigating my way through systems and processes but, I really struggled at times to be listened to when I was pregnant or, understand what the process was so, at times there was a real disparity of care. This was exasperated further by the situation but, nevertheless the lack of signposting or, being listened too, only further exasperated my anxiety as a first time mum. As a result, I was concerned that others would feel similar and I really wanted to do something about it. Plus, my friends were sick of me getting on my soap box….
In terms of background, as an older mum (some say geriatric… I say wise for years), when I had my daughter. I feel it’s my life experiences (too many to put here but, more than happy to talk about them) that has enabled me to be able to relate to a wide range of issues and concerns that others may have also experienced accessing the maternity services (without judgement), whilst shouting about the amazing stuff that our local maternity services provide on a daily basis. See it’s not all doom and gloom.
It’s an absolute honour to be a part of the MVP that represents the people that sometimes aren’t heard and provide them with a voice and a much needed seat at the table. Being able to listen and provide others with an outlet and voice through mine is both an honour and a privilege and one I’m extremely passionate about.
So, if you have any questions or, are keen to be involved than please do get in touch…