HEY Baby Carousel Offers Advice to New Parents

Advice Sessions

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is holding its Baby Carousel event. This monthly event gives advice to new parents, and those expecting babies.

Representatives from a number of groups attend these events to help parents.

The next event is scheduled for Wednesday the 31st of January, between 6pm and 8pm. It is held at the Hull Women and Children’s Hospital.

Attendees will get to learn from experts on a number of subjects. They will cover subjects such as home births, breastfeeding, car seats, and antenatal classes.

“Growing In Popularity”

Melanie Lee, Birth Education Midwife at the HEY NHS Trust said:

Since they launched in the summer, the HEY Baby Carousel events have been growing in popularity, and we regularly see scores of women and their partners or other family members at each session now.

There’s so much to think about and so much you need to know when you’re expecting a baby, either as mum or dad, so the idea is to give people the chance to come and have a chat and find out what to expect in a really relaxed and sociable way.

On top of that, we also cover the less obvious things, and in particular that’s why we’re welcoming representatives of the Fire Service and an oral health practitioner along for the first time this month.

Pregnant women are entitled to free NHS dental care, so there will be information available about eligibility and how to receive this care, as well as how to care for baby’s gums in the early months.

And knowing that new parents will be keen to do all they can to keep their precious little one safe, Humberside Fire and Rescue will be encouraging families to think about escape routes in the home, and how they might get themselves and their little out in case of a fire.

Helpful Advice

Visitors can find out a whole range of other topics, such as family fitness, children’s centres, and the new Fatima Allam Birth Centre. Attendees can also as for help and advice on everyday tasks such as bathing the baby and changing nappies.

Because pregnant women are also eligible for the flu jab there are nurses on standby ready to offer the vaccination.

Advice is available to help fill the blanks with birth plans too.

Ask The Midwife

Melanie also holds a regular “Ask The Midwife” section, where anything goes and expectant parents can ask any questions, no matter how trivial they sound.

Melanie continued:

Literally thousands of babies are born in this city every year, and we want to give those babies and their parents the best possible start.

The event we’ll be hosting next week is designed to bring a lot of different experts in their field together so pregnant women or new parents can come along and have all those niggly little questions answered, like ‘what do I need to bring into hospital’ or ‘how do I lose my baby weight?’

Sometimes women don’t always like to bother their midwife, or questions crop up later in conversation with friends or family, so this event gives people the opportunity to pop in and ask whatever they like; the main thing is we want families to feel ready, confident and supported, and aware of all the options open to them.

This Month’s Representatives

Representatives attending this month’s event include:

  • Fatima Allam Birth Centre (midwife led unit) and Labour Ward
  • SureStart Children’s Centres
  • UsMums fitness sessions
  • Baby bath and nappy change demonstrations
  • Car seat safety
  • Home birth group
  • Hypnobirth
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • ‘Let’s talk’ talking therapies
  • Health Visitors
  • Breast buddies – breastfeeding support
  • Infant feeding
  • Fire safety in the home
  • Dental health for mum and baby
  • And many more

More Information

If you’d like to attend there’s no booking required. But if you’d like more information please contact the HEY Baby team on 07769 671449.

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