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09 June 2011 at 10:17
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has teamed up with local Sure Start children’s centres to launch Family and Baby (FaB) support for families in Sefton and West Lancashire areas with babies on the Neonatal Unit.

The service is a joint venture between the Trust and children’s centres in West Lancashire and Sefton, providing much needed support to families while their baby is on the unit and following discharge home. The service offers emotional support, help to prepare for taking babies home, help with budgeting and ongoing support once at home.

The service was created following the realisation that families sometimes feel depressed in the months following their baby’s discharge home. FaB provides that constant support from birth, the children’s centres ensure that families continue to feel supported, meet other families in the same situation and gain answers to any questions they may have about their baby.

Rachel Nolan gave birth to baby Amelia at 27 weeks in May 2010, before FaB was established, and feels that families will really benefit from the support FaB provides; “Right after Amelia was born I was running on adrenaline without really thinking about what had happened. Because I chose to breast feed, I’d spend all day on the unit from the moment she woke up until she went to sleep. I was exhausted.

“I’d have loads of questions for the nursing team but because they were so busy I didn’t want to trouble them, the main focus was ensuring Amelia received the care she needed. When we were allowed home, what we’d been through finally hit me. I started to think about the ‘what ifs’ and really needed some support.”

Because Amelia was born at 27 weeks, Rachel hadn’t yet started her ante-natal classes where she would have found out all about the children’s centres and the support they provide. She continues: “Once I found out about the children’s centres they became a huge source of support and information for me, I loved that I could take Amelia to a normal mums and baby group and the staff were available to answer my questions no matter how trivial.

“For me, I feel that FaB support provides a vital link between the neonatal unit and children’s centres, I wish it had been around when I had my baby!”

Issued by Kimberley Southern, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 705061

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Since 1 April 2011, it is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.