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Free health talk for expectant mothers

21/05/2013

 

Members of the public are invited to a talk at Scunthorpe General Hospital to hear about breastfeeding support and the dangers of smoking while pregnant.

The free talk, which is part of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust’s series of members’ lectures, is being held on Tuesday June 11, at 3pm in the lecture hall at Butterwick House.

Julie Forrest, who is a health improvement practitioner for maternity and early years based in public health at North Lincolnshire Council, will be speaking about UNICEF’s baby friendly initiative and the breastfeeding peer support service.

She said:

“The initiative aims to help parents make informed decisions about feeding their babies and support them in their chosen feeding method.  In areas where baby friendly accreditation has been achieved the breastfeeding rates have increased.”

Breastfeeding peer supporters were first introduced to Scunthorpe hospital’s ward 26 in 2011 and are funded by the local authority through public health. The supporters provide information and 'mum-to-mum' support to women who wish to breastfeed their babies.

Also speaking at the event will be Annette Harding, who works for the North and North East Lincolnshire specialist stop smoking service. She works with pregnant women and their families to help and support them to stop smoking.

Annette said:

“My part of the talk will be about the implementation and use of specialist carbon monoxide monitors, as well a brief overview of the NICE guidance around the use of the monitor. I will also highlight the progress that has been made across North and North East Lincolnshire so far.”

The talk is part of a Trust-wide programme of events taking place this year which are open to the public. Places are limited so if you wish to attend please call the membership office on (01724) 387946 or email nlg-tr.foundationtrustoffice@nhs.net to book your place.

Membership of the Trust is open to all and anyone interested in joining can contact the membership office on (01724) 387946 or online at www.nlg.nhs.uk/membership

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