Maternity services liaison committee

The MSLC provides a forum for parents and health professionals to improve and develop Maternity Services in east and north Hertfordshire. They are a group of people like you; parents as well as midwives, doctors and other health professionals and meet 6 times per year. Children are welcome, lunch is provided and travel expenses are paid.

What is the MSLC?

  • It’s simply a group of people who meet regularly to discuss how to improve or develop local maternity services
  • Every hospital providing maternity care in England has its own MSLC
  • Members of the group include new parents and people who are currently or have recently used  maternity services

Members also include:

  • NHS and Community staff such as Doctors, GPs, Midwives, Paediatricians, Health Visitors, and Children Centre Managers
  • As a recent  parent and user of maternity services  you are very welcome to join the group and share your views
  • Fathers are very welcome to join too

What does the Committee do?

  • Links with current and recent users of maternity services so that families from all parts of the community can comment on services
  • Helps to change and make suggestions for improvement of maternity services
  • Advises on information for families about childbirth and family issues
  • Inputs into Midwifery training
  • Breastfeeding support, but values formula feeding when breastfeeding is not possible

What support will there be if I want to join the MSLC?

  • Reimbursement of travel expenses
  • Training and support to enable members to contribute confidently on behalf of families using the service
  • A free sandwich lunch is provided

What will be required of me?

  • An enthusiasm to contribute to developing services
  • A willingness to share your views and to pass on the views of recent users of maternity
  • To report back on particular topics, for example, choices in antenatal care, special needs for newborn babies, parent education, parents’ experience
  • A willingness to attend 6 meetings per year

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved, give your opinion and make a difference, contact the East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group by emailing

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