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Early Bird Pregnancy Pilot

A new service for ladies in the early stages of pregnancy or for those thinking about pregnancy is being piloted at Bishop Auckland Hospital.

The 'Early Bird Sessions' are being run by staff at the Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) at the Hospital.

Melanie McBean, an antenatal/newborn screening co-ordinator has been involved in setting up the pilot. She said: "These new sessions are all about information sharing. They are aimed at women in the early stages of pregnancy before they book with a community midwife or for couples who are thinking about pregnancy.

"The sessions are very relaxed and informal and we able to talk about choosing a place for delivery, antenatal care, diet and exercise during pregnancy as well as the different screening choices during pregnancy.

"The idea is that we meet the women or couples very early on and are able to give them information and advice at this early stage so that they are able to make informed decisions when being booked by the midwife.

"We give a short presentation and there are information leaflets available as well as mother-to-be packs. We are also there to help with any questions that the women or couples might have."

The sessions are run on a drop in basis and are open to all. They run on a Wednesday evening at 18.30 - 20.00 and a Sunday afternoon at 14.30 - 16.00.

For more information about the Early Bird Sessions contact Melanie McBean on 01388 54 5573.

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