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