can I help?

If you would like some help with a project please get in touch and let me know how I can assist.  See below for an outline of things I have done in the past and my ongoing work.  There may be some admin costs involved in any assistance I provide, but I will arrange these with you on an individual basis.

email heartmummy2015@gmail.com with “Can I Help” in the subject line.

You can also find me on Twitter @heartmummy

Reviewing Written Materials

I have led groups of volunteers in reviewing and suggesting amendments for parent-focused materials for the Institute of Health Visiting and for health visiting services local to me.

Articles

I have submitted articles to the RCN Journal “Nursing Children and Young People” and the CPHVA magazine “Community Practitioner”.

I have also provided quotations for blog posts on request – click here for an example

Feedback and Surveys

My networks have enabled me to gain feedback from parents for healthcare professionals on topics such as modernising baby clinics, designing breastfeeding support services and perinatal mental health provision.

My Facebook group provided feedback to the National Maternity Review team via this blog that Sheena Byrom kindly hosted: http://www.sheenabyrom.com/blog/2015/6/23/what-one-group-of-mothers-feels-the-national-maternity-review-team-should-know

I am working with the Health Visiting e-Community of Practice to bring together parents and health visitors for shared learning – read more here.  Health Visitor Barbara Potter has produced this poster about the project:

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I also undertook a survey of maternity staff for the #MatExp campaign.

Public Speaking

I have spoken at maternity conferences and breastfeeding study days; to health visiting team leaders in Manchester; and to health visiting and midwifery students at the universities of Bolton and Salford.

Launch of Improving ME campaign

Salford University Midwifery Study Day

Beyond Consent Conference

Women & Wellbeing Conference

UCLan Midwifery Society Conference – see 

Hospital Breastfeeding

I have been working with health promotions and patient experience teams at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital since 2014 to improve breastfeeding support in the hospital.  I was included in the 2015 review and update of their  breastfeeding policies.  This is as part of my Hospital Breastfeeding campaign – click here for more information.

I have spoken about this campaign at study days for the Breastfeeding Network, at an Infant Feeding study day for Wigan Wrightington & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, and to third year paediatric nursing students at Liverpool John Moores University.

#MatExp

There is a huge amount going on in the #MatExp campaign and I have had the privilege of being involved in a lot of it, from helping to administer the Facebook group, to hosting Twitter chats, to encouraging collaborations between campaign members and outside groups.  Recently I have sourced authors for the Women’s Voices in #MatExp series of blog posts, which highlight the points of view of different women working in maternity professions.

Growing Families

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So proud to have been part of the organising team for this conference which took place in Manchester on Thursday 6 October.  Click here to read more!