Do you want to help support breastfeeding mums in Worcestershire?
Midwives from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are appealing for volunteers to help support women who are breastfeeding.
Potential volunteers are invited to a meet-and-greet session on Thursday 6 October in the Charles Hastings Education Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
Breastfeeding, where possible, can be the best option for new mums and their babies. Research has shown that it can reduce the risk of childhood infections, sudden infant death, obesity, diabetes and breast cancer.
In Worcestershire, 73 per cent of mothers start breastfeeding straight away, slightly below the national average of 80 per cent. And after the first six weeks, this drops to 44 per cent.
Friendly volunteers from all over Worcestershire are invited to join a training programme to learn how to support pregnant women and new mothers.
The volunteer role will involve 15 to 20 hours of free training with specialist midwives, upon clearance of the standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.
Infant feeding lead Becky Davenport said: “Getting breastfeeding off to a good start can be difficult. By starting this network of trained volunteers, we will be able to offer new mums the help they need, when they need it.
“The volunteer programme is a great opportunity to work with NHS professionals, expand your knowledge and learn a lifelong skill – at the same time as contributing to your local community. There’s no experience necessary, but an interest in breastfeeding is essential. This will be the third year we have run this opportunity and many of our previous volunteers have gone on to do midwifery training.”
Verity Worthington, from Kidderminster, had baby Freddie Worthington-Phillips at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and said: “I was so grateful for the support I received when breastfeeding Freddie. In the first weeks I was so glad that I had a number to call and lovely support on hand. The volunteers and midwives all do brilliant work.”
Come along to the meet-and-greet on Thursday 6 October, from 9:30am to 10:30am in the Charles Hastings Education Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
The trust’s infant feeding leads, Becky and Caroline, will be on hand to answer questions and tell you about the training sessions that will be held at venues across the county.
If you’d like to attend, please contact Caroline Payne on 07879440264 or Becky Davenport on 07767440971.