Happy Birthday #MatExp!

Happy 4th Birthday!

Can you believe #MatExp is only 4yrs old! To celebrate I thought I’d take a short trip turning back the years Remember it all started at Kingston, with the very first Whose Shoes Maternity workshop ! Gill had the foresight that we needed a #

Bringing everyone to the table as equals , talking respectfully to one another having solution focused conversations & pledging action 💥

Anna’s colourful graphics were an immediate hit!

It’s incredible what we have achieved together,

We wanted to spark a conversation & generate energy, we certainly feel we have done that ✅it’s fantastic how #MatExp has taken off

Apparently we’re a change platform....

Anyone interested in improving maternity care can get involved & have ! Meet some of them here. Together we’ve had impact, here are a few examples ; NHS Change day 👀

National maternity review #BetterBirths

Launch of #MatNeoQi 2017 check out the full story here

Royal colleges

Maternity Transformation Programme

We’ve spoken at events too numerous to list! Here is a selection... , NHS Expo 2015, 2016 & #MatExp musical 2017 🎶

Kings fund & the amazing Women’s Voices 2016 run by Michelle heavily pregnant at the time

Here is Michelle once baby Macy arrived! We went to Mbrrace & RCOG world congress

Picker maternity survey workshops 2017 look at our slides here Quality Forum 2017 & in 2018 the British Intrapartum Care society launch➡️

We have made films 🎥📽

Shared ideas via Toolkits & case studies

Designed fliers, stickers, badges,sashes & stars

❤️Values & infographics

A #JFDI website

We called people to action & set them some challenges!

Have you done the lithotomy challenge? Read my blog here

Do you support #Skintoskin in theatre? Have you made a pledge about what you are going to do to make a difference?

We write stories & blogs Look at our advent story collection

We’ve run tweet chats both planned & spontaneous!

A whole 26 days of #MatExp🔤 conversations

& 70 days of ideas to celebrate #NHS70

Designed posters

We’ve travelled all over...

North, South,East & West

Sherwood Forest won their workshop in a competition ! Spot the a Robin Hood 😉theme!

We’ve prompted a unique collaboration between Alder Hey & Liverpool women’s hospital

Luton held their workshop in a tent whilst competing with the World Cup ⚽️!

& what about this for an innovative venue! We’ve been ‘on tour’➡️

& Our material has spread through fifty organisations & as far as Uganda! 🌍

Everywhere we go we are trying to build connections

We’ve held workshops with specific topics...

Many & varied

Those working on reducing smoking in pregnancy,

& looking at what happens when you have a baby with Down’s syndrome, how we often negatively frame information

& what about future midwives (Students,)

We’ve run projects to develop more rounded joined up care

Most of all we’ve had fun connecting a huge number of people from all sorts of backgrounds with a common purpose

So we really hope that with your help we have made a positive contribution

towards the national ambition for Safe & Personalised care

Today our birthday we are celebrating the only way we know how .. a workshop in Nottingham & a postnatal London meeting at Kingston

Looking forward to the next four years!