Friarage maternity unit promotes Breastfeeding Awareness Week

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Midwives are opening the doors of Friarage maternity unit on Tuesday (21 June) – and inviting mums for tea and cake.

To support National Breast Feeding Awareness Week, a tea party has been organised between 1pm and 3pm which is aimed at women who are breast feeding and also pregnant ladies.

Midwife professionals and healthcare assistants will be at the tea party to offer support and answer any queries people may have.

This event will also help the maternity team showcase the excellent services they have to offer that are still available for women and their babies at the centre, which has been midwifery-led since October 2014 and provides friendly, individualised care to women with straightforward pregnancies.

Deborah Hebblethwaite, a midwife and the maternity centre’s manager said: “This is a chance for women who are breastfeeding and also women who are in the antenatal period to come in, have a cup of tea and some cake and chat to us.

“Our aim is to initiate friendships and peer supporters who may influence their feeding choices and once again showcase the excellent services we can provide for women and their babies in this area.”

National Breastfeeding Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, their infants and the long-term public health for everyone and runs from 18 to 27 June. It is a great opportunity for mothers, breastfeeding supporters and health professionals to come together and share what works well to support breastfeeding in local communities.

The Friarage midwifery-led unit caters for straight-forward births, although women with high risk pregnancies can still receive all their outpatient antenatal care at the Friarage with a consultant obstetrician. The only difference is they would need to deliver in a consultant-led obstetric unit where facilities for complications are more immediately available.

During its first year in operation (October 2014 to the end of September 2015), there were 266 births on the unit and numbers are also increasing into the second year.