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Maternity research

Do you live in the London Borough of Hackney or the City of London? Can you represent the views of new parents and pregnant women? If so, why not join a forum as a parent rep where you can help shape maternity services for the future?

You will take part in forums 4 times a year. We will pay £10 per hour, provide you with training, and pay reasonable travel and child care expenses. We will also provide refreshments at meetings.

We are not taking on any applications for parent reps for now.

About maternity matters

Maternity matters is the name for City & Hackney’s maternity services liaison committee.

The group includes mothers, midwives, doctors and other health professionals, who come together to shape maternity services that meet the needs of local women, parents and families.

It is one of the main ways that health workers get to hear the real opinions and experiences of parents using local maternity services.

We value parents’ views, but realise that we don’t always get to hear from the range of people who access maternity services. We are looking for parent reps to make sure everyone’s views are heard.

Becoming a parent rep

If you have had a baby in the last 2 years, know other parents and babies and can find out and represent the views of new parents and pregnant women, get in touch. ​

What will we expect from you?

Attend 4 group meetings a year

These will generally be at Homerton Hospital, but may also be children’s centres in Hackney. You will be advised of exact meeting dates and locations in advance.

Speak to parents and parents-to-be

Between meetings, you should find out the views of other parents and expectant parents on topics to be discussed at the next meeting. You should also ask them what topics they would like the group to deal with. This can be done at places where parents already meet regularly, such as parent and toddler groups.

How will we support you?

We will arrange a meet and greet session with other parent reps, provide free learning resources, a visit to Homerton Hospital maternity wing and give you additional support and training as required.

More information

Please use the following resources for more information:

Contact us by email:  or call: 020 8356 4342.

Page updated on: 17 July 2019

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