Call for all parents, new mums and expectant mums


The Western Trust is inviting parents, new mums and expectant mums from Omagh and Fermanagh areas to join a new Maternity Services Liaison Committee. This committee aims to find out what local women and partners want and need from maternity services. The first meeting open for all interested to attend is on Thursday 3 March 2011 at the Arc Healthy Living Centre, Irvinestown from 11am-1pm.


Western Trust Head of Midwifery Services, Anne Marie McGurk explained why establishing this new group is important: “The purpose of a Maternity Services Liaison Committee is to provide a voice for the local people who use these services. Once established, the committee will be kept informed of services provided to expectant and new parents, and they can make suggestions of how to change and improve them.”


Anne Marie continued: “Some of the issues we’d like to get people’s views on include: what you think about our Parentcraft antenatal classes, reducing caesarean section rates, how we can gather views from women who use our services and our current and future facilities in the new hospital.”


Maternity Services Liaison Committees are independent advisory groups made up of local parents, midwives, professionals involved in providing maternity care, and any other members of the public who have an interest in maternity services. The members work together to improve maternity services provided by the Western Trust.


Encouraging people to attend the first meeting, Western Trust Lead Midwife at the Erne Hospital, Mary McLoughlin said: “In order for this new Committee to accurately represent the views of parents who use local maternity services, we need to know what these views are. Therefore, we are very keen for local mums, parents and expectant mums to come along to the first meeting on Thursday 3 March 2011 at 11am in the Arc Healthy Living Centre, Irvinestown to find out more about the Committee.”


For more information about the Maternity Services Liaison Committee please contact the Supervisor of Midwives at the Erne Hospital on 028 6638 2000 or speak to your community midwife.