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

MatExp

#MatExp is:

A POWERFUL SOCIAL CAMPAIGN INVOLVING PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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.

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