Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Maternity Voices (Maternity Services Liaison Committee)

Who are Maternity Voices?

Maternity Voices is a way for maternity service providers and commissioners (who buy services for the local area) to hear the real opinions and experiences of parents using local maternity services, so maternity services can be improved for local women, parents and families across Dorset.

Maternity Voices Representatives

Trucie Mitchell - West Dorset 

Trucie lives in Dorchester with her husband, 3 year old daughter, nearly 1 year old son and an elderly ginger tomcat. She had her first baby at the age of 41 at Dorset County Hospital and her second at home in a birth pool in the kitchen. She trained to become a volunteer Breastfeeding Peer Supporter to help other mums who choose to breastfeed after finding it so painful, confusing and difficult herself that she nearly gave up. Trucie's background is in children's book publishing where she was responsible for illustrations and graphic design - as well as the office running club. Before that, she led the fund raising team for three children's hospices. With a diverse set of skills and experiences, including the recently added ability to chat endlessly about Thomas the Tank Engine with a three year old, Trucie is passionate about making maternity services in Dorset match what mums and dads want. 



Rachel Filmer - East Dorset 

Rachel lives in Poole with her husband and their twin boys. After a long NICU stay with her twins, she has a special interest in support for parents of premature babies and those with additional needs, but is passionate about equal access to high quality maternity services for all Dorset residents.



How can I contribute?

  • tell us your views of local maternity services on our Facebook page and engage with view seeking activities or surveys at
  • keep an eye on this page for any current online surveys to complete about any recent experiences you have had using local maternity services
  • contact 
  • we may also attend existing local groups to engage and hear your stories and experiences
  • focus groups will be advertised when we are looking to reshape or change services so the voice of parent’s and families co-design services.  These will be advertised below, via our Facebook page or email. 

How can I get in touch? 

Email Rachel or Trucie on