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Sunday, 23 January 2022

Midwives on a mission to make mamas more aware

MIDWIVES at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust have joined forces with the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity to ensure expectant mothers have access to key health information needed to support them through pregnancy.

The charity-funded MAMA Academy wellbeing wallets provide women with a safe place to keep important documents, such as scan photos and appointment cards, whilst providing a tool for midwives to share important advice and information about common pregnancy conditions.

The colourful plastic wallets are part of a national initiative spearheaded by the MAMA Academy to prevent stillbirth and to reduce neonatal death rates. The MAMA Academy hope the wallets will provide mums with the information they need to help prevent stillbirth or neonatal death whilst assisting with the government’s ambition of reducing stillbirth by 50 per cent by 2025.

Sarah Petty, Head of Midwifery at Rotherham Hospital, said:

“It is a real privilege to give these wallets to our expectant mothers and we are so grateful to our NHS charity for funding this initiative. Going through pregnancy can be quite overwhelming, the wallets will help to ensure that our women have all the important information regarding their pregnancy and baby at their fingertips at all times.”

The easy-to-read advice prompts women to monitor their baby’s movements, lets them know which foods to avoid when to seek urgent medical advice and other key health information.

Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, said:

“The MAMA Academy wellbeing wallets are such a simple idea but a great way for us to support women through their pregnancy. We are delighted to be able to fund them for women in Rotherham. We hope that women use them to keep all their maternity information in one place and that they inspire them to stay healthy during pregnancy.”

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