#MatExp – #MatExpHour Chat on Stillbirth

Last week I took part in my first Twitter chat as part of #MatExpHour.


#MatExp is:


It aims to:

  • Encourage and empower users of maternity services to join conversations about their experiences of maternity care, and what really makes a difference to that experience.
  • Get health care professionals (in and beyond the NHS) and local communities to listen and work in partnership with women and families to improve maternity experiences.
  • To enable anyone to take action to improve maternity experience, however big or small, whoever you are: user, partner, community group or NHS staff.

It’s a fantastic movement where you can share your stories with health care professionals across disciplines with the common goal of improving maternity care for all.  If you are not already involved I urge you to join.

The Twitter chat was a good chance to explore the issues and topics around stillbirth such as stigma, prevention, bereavement care, reduced fetal movements and growth monitoring.  A lot was covered in an hour.

(If anyone wants to get involved in a Twitter chat I recommend using Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to set up multiple views so that you can see all the tweets with the chat hashtag but also a column for your notifications and mentions so that you can catch where people reply to you but don’t use the chat hashtag.)

After it all finished I used Storify and Twitter to capture as many of the tweets and conversations.  Fun fact is that having a trending hashtag means that you get porn spammers wandering into the discussion.  Some editing was required to remove them!

Update: Javascript doesn’t appear to work in WordPress so you will need to click here to view the Storify page.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. christine says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It is encouraging to know that people are having these conversations – thanks for being such a significant part of them!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ShoeboxofM says:

      It’s been useful in seeing how inconsistently good practice is being applied across the country. The HCPs are often horrified by the stories we tell them about the treatment faced by parents.


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