NEW mums are being offered extra support as part of a number of developments at Scarborough Hospital’s midwifery-led unit.
The unit has a new manager - Celina Taylor - who is working on various projects such as providing round-the-clock postnatal help and advice.
Mrs Taylor said: “Mums will be able to call into the unit 24/7 if they have any problems or concerns. All they need to do is ring first so we know they’re coming.
“They may being having some problems with feeding or experiencing soreness after the birth - or they might just need someone to talk to.
“Sometimes mums are just looking for a little reassurance.”
She added that the service is aimed at mums who have had a home or midwifery-led birth and, to her knowledge, is the only one of its kind in the country.
Further support will also soon be available at a new “breastfeeding cafe”, which the trust is setting up in conjunction with Restaurant 55 in Eastborough.
This is being launched at noon tomorrow and will be a chance for new mums - whether they are breastfeeding or not - to socialise and get advice from peer support workers and midwives.
Mrs Taylor said: “It’s open to all mums and will be on every Thursday from 11am to 2.30pm.
“Bottle feeding mums will also have a chance to see how easy breastfeeding can be.”
The unit is also hoping to become involved in a pilot of a scheme called “Centring Pregnancy”. The programme originated in America and has been running at King’s College in London.
Women are invited to series of pre-natal classes from week 16 of their pregnancy and then meet every four weeks.
The scheme aims to give them a feeling of ownership over their care by teaching them how to do basic checks on things such as blood pressure and urine.
Mrs Taylor said: “It’s an exciting project which is a cross between anti-natal classes and care.”
She added that she is delighted to have been appointed manager for the unit and is looking forward to putting these new ideas into practice.