Bags of help for new Doncaster mums

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New mums in Doncaster are receiving goody bags - full of tips, help and advice for looking after their baby.

The bags are given to new mums when they are discharged from Doncaster Royal Infirmary’s Maternity Unit in a joint project between two health trusts - Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH).

The bags include leaflets, stickers and fridge magnets giving helpful information on topics including breastfeeding, phone numbers for 24-hour-a-day support for breastfeeding, information on how to store breast milk safely and much more.

Amanda Colclough, a RDaSH family support worker, said: “Some volunteer mums, who are peer support workers, have filled the bags. As peer support workers they help and support new mums when they have issues such as problems with breastfeeding.

“The bags give a range of useful information for new mums, helping them to give their baby the best start in life and the information tells them where to go to get support should they have difficulties, especially with breastfeeding.”

Deirdre Fowler, Head of Midwifery for Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals said: “Our support to new parents doesn’t end when they leave the hospital and these advice kits are a great way of providing parents with a range of useful information and something we are sure will be a great addition to our maternity services aftercare.”