Maternity

Find information about maternity services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and information about the types of maternity services available, what users of maternity services had to say about their experiences, and how you can have your say about the services you use.
Get involved in maternity services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
We want to ensure that for every mother, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances, pregnancy and childbirth will be a safe and positive experience, so that mothers and their partner can begin parenting feeling confident, capable, well supported and able to give their child a secure start to life.

Kernow’s Maternity Voices Partnership

The core purpose of the Kernow Maternity Voices Partnership is to make sure that NHS maternity services are planned, designed and delivered by service users, commissioners, NHS and voluntary and community sector providers working together in partnership as equals. Plans could relate to choice and personalisation, improving safety, and/or improving women’s experience and reducing inequalities.

If you would like to join the local Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) or have your say on your maternity experiences, please email Georgie Watson, chair of the MVP, by email at kernowmaternityvoices@gmail.com.

Penhaligons Friends

Penhaligons Friends is a Cornish charity supporting bereaved children, young people, parents and carers throughout the county. They offer children and young people the chance to meet others and share their experiences, as well as practical resources for children and parents.

Information and resources

Breast feeding

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust’s maternity services, Cornwall Foundation Trust’s health visiting services and Cornwall Council’s children’s centres have all been awarded UNICEF’s prestigious Baby Friendly Accreditation. The awards, which include women’s views on services, recognise the work of all 3 organisations in supporting families and promoting breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding rates upon discharge from hospital in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are high. However, there is a decline in breastfeeding rates in the first 2 weeks at home so providing continuing support to breastfeeding mothers is essential.

Visit the Real Baby Milk website for information about breastfeeding groups around the county as well as useful information about all things to do with breastfeeding.

Contact information

If you have a question about breastfeeding, you can contact our infant feeding co-ordinators.

Stephanie Heard, Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust
Email stephanie.heard@nhs.net

Helen Shanahan, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
Email helenshanahan@nhs.net

Nappy sacks and risks to babies

Nappy sacks can present a serious risk to babies and young children. Babies can suffocate after pulling nappy sacks stored in their cots, or near to where they had been put to sleep, to their faces. The thinness of the plastic makes it cling to the face when breathed in and young babies are unable to pull it away.

Please help to make parents and carers of young children aware of the dangers posed by nappy sacks and encourage them to take the same safety precautions as they would with common plastic bags. To avoid danger of suffocation and choking:

  • always keep nappy sacks and other plastic bags and wrapping away from babies and young children
  • never place nappy sacks in a baby’s cot or pram

More information can be found on the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.