About Us

Welcome to Better Births Lincolnshire, the home of the Lincolnshire Maternity Transformation Programme.

As any mum will tell you, pregnancy is a journey, whether it is your first baby or something you have experienced before. Much like any journey, preparation, support and having the information and tools to allow you to make the right choices for you and your family will make it a success.

The partners involved with Better Births Lincolnshire want to develop innovative new services to make sure you are well supported and informed at every stage of your pregnancy, enabling you to make decisions about your care which are best suited to you and your family.

For the first time, Better Births Lincolnshire brings together all the services across the county responsible for supporting and caring for both you and your baby throughout your pregnancy journey. We are working together to ensure that it’s not only easier for you to access high-quality care, but that you are also able to choose the services most suited to your needs.

With choices including homebirth, home-from-home birth centre settings and delivery suites in three hospital locations; where your baby is born is an important choice for you and your family to make.

Before you make your decision you need to know more about the options you have, your own clinical need and the health of your baby. Our dedicated teams will be able to help you every step of the way so when the time comes you will have the birth that is best for you and your baby.

We are also working with a range of other partners to provide specialist services to help you during your pregnancy.

Everything we are doing really is all about you, so we want to hear how we can personalise your experience by offering you more choice, while continuing to provide self care.

Please explore this site to find out more about what we are doing and what support and services are available.

Here is a link to our Easy Read Project Plan: FINAL Summary Better Births Plan for Lincolnshire 2017x 02.03.18

Meet the Better Births Lincolnshire team

  • Tracy Pilcher

    Senior Responsible Officer
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    The Senior Responsible Officer is the visible owner of the overall project transformation, accountable for successful delivery and is recognised throughout the organisation as the key leadership figure in driving the change forward.

    Tracy is Chief Nurse at Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group and the SRO for the Local Maternity System.

    Tracy said: “I qualified as a nurse in 1988 and quickly moved into critical care nursing, working within this field for more than 20 years. I had the pleasure of being on the national board of a national critical care organisation, and chaired the organisation for four years. I have held a number of senior positions in both provider and commissioning organisations.

    “I am delighted to be the SRO for the Lincolnshire LMS, as I am passionate about maternity care and want to ensure that women and their families receive excellent care in the services that we provide in Lincolnshire.

    “Hobbies wise, I have two teenage children who keep me very busy and I also enjoy running, looking after my daughter’s horse and walking with my dog.”

  • Penny Snowden

    Deputy Chief Nurse
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    “I am totally committed to women and families having a really positive birth experience. As a senior experienced nurse and midwife I have had the pleasure of transforming maternity services in previous role such as Head of Midwifery and Consultant Midwife.

    “Qualified as a midwife at Kings College London and hold a Masters in Advancing Midwifery Practice. I have undertaken research into antenatal screening which I have presented at an International Midwifery Conference. I am proud to be part of the Lincolnshire Better Births Team and the journey to achieving safe and excellent maternity care for women and their families.”

  • Sue Jarvis

    Maternity Transformation Programme Manager
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    “I am a Registered General Nurse and Registered Midwife (no longer practicing as a Midwife). I have worked in a variety of settings from Neonatal Intensive Care to Practice Nursing in Primary Care and in varying geographical area.

    “In the last few years I have worked in Commissioning with Lincolnshire East CCG as the Lead Nurse for Safety and Quality and over the last year the Programme Manager for Maternity Transformation.

    “I am a Mum to two young adults who still live at home so still keep me busy, but in my spare time, when I have any, I enjoy crafts such as upholstery, furniture design and painting. Music is my absolute passion.”

  • Tracy Stewart

    Maternity Transformation Lead Midwife
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    “I have recently joined the Better Births team at Lincolnshire East CCG in an exciting new role on a part time secondment.

    “I am a Registered nurse and a registered midwife, currently also working as a labour ward co-ordinator at Lincoln.

    “I have worked for the NHS for the last 30 years, majority of that as a midwife and my passion for midwifery is as strong now as it was at the beginning.

    “It is a privilege to be a part of something so special and this opportunity to improve maternity services for the women and families of Lincolnshire with the Better Births project is a really exciting time.

    “I am also a mum to two grown up daughters who have both fled the nest, so it’s just me and the dog now.”

  • Claire Gartland

    Maternity Transformation Project Lead
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    I am very excited to have recently joined the Better Births team. I am a registered Children’s nurse and trained at Great Ormond Street in London. After moving from London  I worked in a specialist Children’s renal unit in Nottingham where parents played a huge role in their child’s care.

    Working so closely with parents has made me so passionate about family integrated care. I also have a neonatal speciality qualification and have worked for many years within neonatal care. Myself and a colleague own and run our own paediatric first aid training company which we love!, we teach parents as well as professionals first aid.

    However, having the opportunity  to be part of this amazing project I couldn’t refuse, and I feel privileged to be able to be a part of such a dynamic team! I have four wonderful children, all grown up  (nearly!) and a little three legged dog who comes jogging with me.

  • Kerri Bennett

    Maternity Transformation Project Lead
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    I am a registered nurse and registered midwife who has very recently joined the Better Births team. I am very excited to join team and am looking forward to my role as project lead.

    Previous roles have been Lead Nurse for Quality and Patient Safety for South lincs CCG and more recently Lead Nurse for Health Protection for the four Lincolnshire CCGs. I am passionate about patient safety and improving the family’s experience. I have been involved in several projects throughout my career looking at reducing patient harm.

    I have 2 grown up children. Hobbies include yoga and enjoying life at the beach as many times as possible with my husband ,my dogs and the rest of the gang!

  • Tracy Clinkscales

    Project Support Officer for Maternity Transformation
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    “I have worked in several roles, from Secretarial, Estate Agents, Lettings and Finance. I started with the Maternity Transformation team in September 2017.

    “I’ve been married for 14 years and a step mum to three adults. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, spending time with my family, going away in our caravan, walking and cycling. Although my main hobby is Reiki; I started doing Reiki about 12 years ago and have been a Reiki Master for five years.”

  • Claire Hornsby

    Engagement Manager
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    “I have worked in a variety of roles within the NHS since leaving university in 2003. For the last ten years, I have worked in quality improvement and governance teams in both commissioning and provider organisations.

    “I am passionate about patient experience and patient voice as a vital measure of quality and service improvement. I am delighted to work as the engagement lead on the Better Births programme; which has been co-produced with women and families throughout the project, and right from the very start.

    “We have carried out listening clinics all across Lincolnshire to ensure our maternity services meet the needs of, and improve the experience of services for women, babies and families.

    “In my personal life, I am happily married and expecting my very own baby girl!”

  • Yvonne McGrath

    Consultant Midwife
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    “I am delighted to commence my new role as Consultant Midwife to serve the women and families of Lincolnshire.   I qualified as a midwife in 2010 and I am currently studying for an MSc  from the University of Nottingham.   I have worked extensively in midwifery led-units and caseload midwifery practice and I am passionate about informed choice, evidence-based practice and continuity of carer. I am very excited to be part of maternity transformation in Lincolnshire. 

    Outside of work my time is spent walking and training my rough collies and  renovating what will hopefully eventually be a beautifully restored Victorian home.”


  • Nikki Pepper

    Engagement Manager
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    I am delighted to be working as part of the Better Births Team as the Engagement Manager, as I cover Claire Hornsby’s maternity leave.

    I commenced in post on 4 June 2018 and I’m really looking forward to engaging further with families to ensure that patient’s views are listened to and ensure that the patient’s experience helps to improve, shape and design the delivery of future maternity services.

    I have worked in the NHS in a number of roles for a total of 24 years across a wide range of departments including Finance, Primary Care, Commissioning, Health Care, Corporate Office and Quality. I am happily married with two children, age 12 and 15 and in my spare time I enjoy meeting up with my family and friends, walking my King Charles Cavalier dog, cycling, going to music concerts and seeing the world going on holiday with my family.

  • Alastair Railton

    Communications & Engagement Assistant
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    “Its my pleasure to be working alongside the Better Births team in Lincoln. I am an enthusiastic film maker and I am hoping to bring my skills to enhance the service that is provided by our team!”

    “Aside from a variety of films which I have written and directed, I am also a keen traveller hoping to see every country!”