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We have a number of Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) groups across the Humber and North Yorkshire Partnership area, who all work together to ensure that we provide consistent information and support for women and families.

The aim of the groups is to ensure that maternity service commissioners and providers of the local maternity services hear and take account of the views of women and families using those services.

To provide maternity care that is personalised, it is essential to hear the personal experiences of those who use them and work collaboratively with women and their families to co-design maternity services. Placing women and their families at the centre, along with midwives, obstetricians and commissioners means that collaborative work can occur to review contribute to and co-design local maternity care.

Maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Maternity care has changed in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MVP would like to understand the impact of these changes on your maternity journey, including your views on 'Ask a Midwife' and telephone/video appointments.

  • If you are pregnant and would like to share your experiences so far, please complete this survey .
  • If you have had your baby at any time during 2020 (before or during the pandemic) the MVP would like to hear about the care you received from midwives, during your pregnancy, birth and afterwards, please complete this survey .  

This report present a summary of the key findings of the 838 responses that were received in the first four days of the surveys going live. The impact of restrictions due to COVID-19 are highlighted, alongside feedback on changes to maternity care services and the actions in place and recommended to address the points raised.

The MVP would like to thank all the expectant and new parents for sharing their experiences and providing such great insight into what it is like to have a baby during the pandemic. 

Getting involved with your MVP

If you would like to get involved with the MVP for your local area please email: 


East Riding:

Coast and Country:

York and District:

North and North East Lincolnshire:

More information on the MVP can be found on their dedicated website

Survey work

In 2019, a comprehensive survey of mums to be, families, staff and other stakeholders took place to understand what they wanted from the Local Maternity System. A summary of this survey and some of the results is shown below. Please use the contact page to let us know if you have any further views to add around any of the topics in this survey. 


The MVP asked for views about how information was shared about choices in pregnancy (such as where to give birth) with women and their partners. They wanted to know the best way to share that information so it was quick, easy and clear for mums-to-be to see. The MVP also asked: where did you get information about your choices in pregnancy; what made you feel this was the best place to get information; questions about what information you need to make choices in a pregnancy, such as choosing where to have your baby (at home, in a birth centre or in a hospital) and which birth centre/maternity unit to use.


  • 559 service user responses, (131 online, 428 paper) 493 mums and mums-to-be
  • 81 midwife responses
  • Responses from service users in 72 postcode areas, eg HU1, YO24, DN34
  • All ages reached, but we need to reach more younger mums
  • All ethnic groups reached, but we need to reach more mums from ethnic minorities

The overall result of this survey was that the majority of families would like to access information via a website with parent experience as a focus. Some families stated they would prefer paper records. The ongoing work with the MVP and the Local Maternity System is to embed these wishes into service provision and to act on patient experience to inform future services.

Tell us about your care 

The MVP want to hear about your maternity care so please share your experiences about one part of your care by completing this quick survey .

2019-07-03 (7)

Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

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2019-07-03 (4)

Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

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2019-07-03 (6)

Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

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2019-07-03 (2)

Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

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2019-07-03 (8)

Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

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2019-07-03 (1)

Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

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2019-07-03 (3)

Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

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2019-07-03 (5)

Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

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2019-07-03 (9)

Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

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