URGENT – just one day to have your say on the NHS

Just a couple of weeks ago, I was asking you to contribute your views on maternity services in the maternity consultation.

Well now, it turns out that there’s another consultation about the NHS, but it has been very poorly promoted, so much so that almost no-one has even heard of it.

It concerns the NHS mandate. Never heard of it? Neither had I. But “The mandate to NHS England sets the government’s objectives for NHS England, as well as its budget.” It “sets direction for the NHS, and helps ensure the NHS is accountable to parliament and the public”. A fresh mandate has to be published every year “to ensure that NHS England’s objectives remain up to date”. So it sounds like something we should be concerned about!

For more information, here’s a Guardian article about it: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/19/nhs-mandate-england-consulation-deadline?CMP=fb_cif

Here’s the link to the mandate: https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/mandate/mandate-to-nhs-england/supporting_documents/final_consultation_doc.pdf

and here’s the link to give your views. But do it quickly! The consultation ends on the 23rd November! https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/mandate/mandate-to-nhs-england

Have Your Say in the NHS England Maternity Review

Would you like the opportunity to have your views on maternity services heard?

Well, now (until the 15th November 2015) we have the option to do just that. NHS England is running a review “to make recommendations for the improvement of services for women and their families.”

So now is our chance to shout loud and proud about how we think maternity services should be!


NHS England says “We are very keen to hear from women, fathers, partners, their families and advocates, professionals, commissioners and people from representative organisations.”

“All your comments and answers will be treated anonymously and the information provided will directly contribute to the review.”

“We are committed to ensuring that anyone who wishes to share their opinion and experience can contribute. Every effort has been made to ensure that this survey is fully inclusive, however some of the questions or the language may not be relevant or may not reflect your experience. However we hope you will continue to tell us your thoughts and ideas to help the Review Team in this important piece of work.”

“The review team would like to thank you for taking the time to share your views. More information on the Maternity Review, including some regional events we are running can be found here.”

So, please, this is a very rare opportunity to potentially impact on the future treatment of millions of pregnancies. If you’ve ever been frustrated by your treatment, now is the time to stand up and shout about how we think services can change. It’s not about money, goodness knows the NHS is struggling right now. A lot of helpful suggestions can be cost neutral or even cost-saving to implement.

So, if you’ve had bad experiences, if you’ve fallen foul of BMI bureaucracy and been denied access to services, if you’ve been repeatedly told you’re ‘high risk’ despite not developing any additional risks, if you’ve had to fight for your voice to be heard, or and maybe especially, if you’ve had excellent care and think all women should have the opportunity to be treated as you were, then please, make sure you let the review team know.

Nearing the end of your pregnancy? Feeling huge?

Whether you’ve enjoyed your pregnancy, or found it a trial, the last few months when you’re at your most huge/uncomfortable/tired/grouchy test us all.

So here’s a little chuckle for you. Four guys – ‘The Try Guys’ test out wearing pregnancy simulator bellies for the day. Guess what? They moan. A lot.


Documentary Maker Looking For Plus-Size Pregnant Ladies

Hi all, I’ve had yet another request from a documentary maker for plus-size pregnant women to feature in a programme!

As always, I have no affiliation with the production company and have not seen their previous work so cannot vouch for them, you would need to do your own research about whether or not you’d like to be involved.

Here’s the blurb I’ve been sent:

Curve Media logo

Are you expecting a baby? Is there such a thing as a ‘straight forward’ or ‘easy’ pregnancy? Do you think you’re having – or you’re likely to have- an exceptionally interesting pregnancy?

Curve Media have been commissioned by Discovery to make a second series of 6 x 60 minute episodes on the subject of pregnancy called “My Extraordinary Pregnancy”.

We’re looking for mums-to-be from all over the world, who are juggling the usual excitement and anxiety of a typical pregnancy, with an unusual situation or condition.

Something we would love to cover in the series are the antenatal differences in care for plus size Mothers. Have you been advised to lose weight during your pregnancy? Or is being plus size allowing you to have a pregnancy that you are comfortable with?  

We want to explore the realities – the highs and lows, the excitement and the inevitable anxieties that being an extraordinary pregnant mum brings, and help you share your pregnancy story.

If you’d be interested in an informal chat with a member of the My Extraordinary Pregnancy production team, please email us at extraordinarypregnancies@curvemedia.com

or call 020 3179 0099 – we’d love to talk to you.

(And of course – congratulations on your pregnancy!)

Please note: We will use and store the personal details contained in your email and any further response, in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, for the sole purpose of producing the programme.