Breastfeeding reflections from Kathy

In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Gloucestershire MVP Chair, Kathy, reflects on her breastfeeding experiences.  My children are now 3 and 2.5 years old. I breastfed until they were each around 6 months. Choosing how to feed your baby can be a very difficult decision, from those who choose to formula feed early... Read More


Financial support in Gloucestershire

One of the priorities that Gloucestershire Maternity Voices wanted to keep a focus on this year is mental wellbeing, and ensuring this is a topic that we speak about and signpost to. At a meeting, we all agreed that it would be good to write a post on social media about where to access lots of different support, in particular... Read More


Kittie’s Caesarean Story

Kittie’s Caesarean Story

On the 16th of November 2019, I went into Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to be induced. I was carrying twins and had reached 37 weeks. I was lucky that twin 1 was head down so was able to try for a natural birth. My husband is disabled and I was very concerned about how we would manage with the twins if I was recovering... Read More


Kathy’s blog – mental wellbeing

Kathy’s blog – mental wellbeing

It’s been nearly a year but the future is looking more positive, the next few months already feel long though. For me personally, this also means that my son’s second birthday at the end of March is not too far away. It is looking very likely that his total of two ever birthdays will be in restricted times, with... Read More


A message from our MVP Chair

A message from our MVP Chair

Well, the end of 2020 is nearly here. I am nearly the end of my first month in this role as chair for Gloucestershire MVP, so it does still feel like new beginnings for me at the moment. It also feels very much as though each day has stopped and is skipping like an old CD, in a car going over speed bumps. You just don’t... Read More


Get ready for the This Mum Can festival!

Get ready for the This Mum Can festival!

#ThisMumCan Virtual Festival brought to you by the @thismumcanglos campaign! Providing education, empowerment and setting real expectations about breastfeeding, babies first years and pregnancy. Women told us that the best way to do this is through real women sharing their experiences and by hearing advice from health care... Read More


Be the face of DadPad in Gloucestershire!

Be the face of DadPad in Gloucestershire!

DadPad is a book and free app for dads-to-be and dads with babies, and has recently launched in Gloucestershire. Babies don’t come with a set of instructions and we know that dads want information on how to care for their new baby, what to expect, how to support their partner, and local information on support and groups. We’re... Read More


Dads in Gloucestershire can now prepare for parenthood with a new free app called DadPad.

Dads in Gloucestershire can now prepare for parenthood with a new free app called DadPad.

The release below is shared with permission from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  DadPad is an information pack in digital form developed by dads, for dads to help fathers of all ages in Gloucestershire prepare for family life. This is particularly relevant in a time when access to parental education classes... Read More


Our priorities for 2020

Our priorities for 2020

The MVP met up last week to agree our priorities for the year ahead. Take a look and drop us an email (glccg.glosmvp@nhs.net) if you have any queries, or if you’d be interested in finding out more and getting involved. Text version is below the image. Infant feeding Support and demo drop-in event Environment Gloucester... Read More


Emma’s roundup: looking back and planning ahead

Emma’s roundup: looking back and planning ahead

Gloucestershire MVP have had a busy few months since I last wrote an update, so I thought the New Year would be a good opportunity to take stock of what we’ve been up to and let you know a bit about our plans for 2020. Lots of you have been sharing our Facebook page and interacting with us and it’s been great to hear... Read More