Mental health care for women and their families given boost

Women across Birmingham and Solihull who experience mental ill health during their pregnancy, or in the year after the birth of their baby, are being supported by a new community perinatal mental service that aims to provide better outcomes for themselves, their families and their babies.

Women across Birmingham and Solihull who experience mental ill health during their pregnancy, or in the year after the birth of their baby, are being supported by a new community perinatal mental service that aims to provide better outcomes for themselves, their families and their babies.

Designed and delivered by Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the new community perinatal service forms part of Bump, which is transforming services across the region and has a particular focus on mental health of mums, and mums-to-be.

The team of specialist mental health professionals ensures that women have timely access to pre-conception advice, early assessment in pregnancy and care planning into the postnatal period from highly trained, specialist perinatal mental health staff. Based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, the team provide a safe and seamless transition between services, as and when they are needed.

The new perinatal service began in early 2017 and has so far supported over 245 women who have given birth at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

More information visit the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust website here.

#7 “Supporting my breastfeeding partner”

We caught up with dad-of-one, Murdoch who was attending a breastfeeding session at Good Hope Hospital with his wife Jess and their newborn son Theo.

We caught up with dad-of-one, Murdoch who was attending a breastfeeding session at Good Hope Hospital with his wife Jess and their newborn son Theo.

Murdoch is passionate about supporting Jess on their breastfeeding journey and describes the session, along with the entire breastfeeding experience as “amazing”. The first-time dad explained why he and his newly qualified midwife partner, felt it was important to seek local support to help them along their breastfeeding journey – listen in.

If like Murdoch you’re supporting a breastfeeding partner and would like some top tips on how to cope with this rewarding job, visit: www.youplusbaby.co.uk/partners?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn&utm_source=Facebook

#6 “Why I chose breastfeeding as my speciality”

Jackie Scott, Infant Feeding Lead Midwife at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust recently took time out of her busy schedule to let us know why she chose to make breastfeeding her speciality.

Jackie Scott, Infant Feeding Lead Midwife at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust recently took time out of her busy schedule to let us know why she chose to make breastfeeding her speciality. She’s passionate about supporting women along their breastfeeding journey and explains why whether a mother gives one or a thousand feeds, it’s a fantastic thing to do!

For more information on breastfeeding and to find out more about getting local support, visit: http://www.youplusbaby.co.uk/feeding-your-baby.

#5 “Important things for a Deaf mum-to-be”

Ruth is a mum of two and she is also Deaf. She recalls the some of the troubles and frustrations that she faced during both of her pregnancy journeys and is eager to spread the word and raise awareness of what it’s currently like to use maternity services as a Deaf mum-to-be and how this could be improved.

Ruth is a mum of two and she is also Deaf. She recalls the some of the troubles and frustrations that she faced during both of her pregnancy journeys and is eager to spread the word and raise awareness of what it’s currently like to use maternity services as a Deaf mum-to-be and how this could be improved. Joined by her interpreter Debbie, Ruth let us know what she thinks are the most important things for Deaf mothers to have access to during their pregnancy journey.

If like Ruth, you are a Deaf mum-to-be, or know somebody who is, and would like more information about the support available – our Community Midwife, Helen Hands and Midwife, Sajni are happy to help.
They can be contacted via email:
helen.hands@nhs.net
sajni.beghal@nha.net

New arrival for Bump – my pregnancy journey template

Our latest addition to the Bump family has arrived, a new online template to guide you through your maternity choices to create your personal maternity journey plan.

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our latest addition to the Bump family and are pleased to announce it has now arrived – our new online tool for you to map out your pregnancy journey has gone live.

You may have heard about Personalised Maternity Care Budgets (PMCBs); a tool for expectant parents to choose where they wish to receive their antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (in line with NICE guidelines). Our online template makes it easier for you to see all of the options available to you across Birmingham and Solihull, guiding you through your choices to create your own maternity journey plan. Once complete you can print your plan to discuss your preferences with your midwife, and you can also save it so that you can come back to it as your journey progresses and update any choices you have made.

Start your pregnancy journey online at https://phbchoices.co.uk/mypregnancy – please note: you’ll need to register your details to use the template which is located in the market place.

#4 “My back to back baby”

During the late stages of her pregnancy, Zoe was told that her second son Atticus was back to back – meaning his back was positioned directly against hers.

During the late stages of her pregnancy, Zoe was told that her second son Atticus was back to back – meaning his back was positioned directly against hers.

She soon began to worry, as friends had told her this type of birth could be more painful and may result in intervention from medical professionals and possibly a c-section, which wasn’t her preferred method of birth. To her delight, she need not have worried at all. After getting reassurance from the professionals caring for her, Zoe was able to have her water birth as planned and even describes her second birth as “good”!

To learn more about a baby’s positions in the womb, please visit: https://www.nct.org.uk/birth/baby-positions-birth

About Zoe

Likes: reading, eating and being with my loved ones

Dislikes: wasps, running out of tea

Favourite phrase: Be careful! At least, it must be my favourite phrase because that’s the thing I say most often as my toddler loves climbing everything these days

Favourite film: The Importance of Being Earnest

About Atticus

Weight at birth: 8lb 7oz

Likes: milk, cuddles and his big brother

Dislikes: waiting and not being held

Favourite thing to watch/do: being cuddled by mummy whilst big brother Mycroft shows him all of his dinosaurs

#3 “Being a Birthing Partner”

Did you know anybody can be a birthing partner? It doesn’t always have to be dad. Sam was honoured when her sister asked her to be her birthing partner and help welcome her niece in to the world.

Did you know anybody can be a birthing partner? It doesn’t always have to be dad.

Sam was honoured when her sister asked her to be her birthing partner and was on her way to Glastonbury festival when her niece decided to make her entrance to the world. After a race against the clock and a battle with traffic, she was just on time to welcome the new addition to their family!

If like Sam, you’ll be sharing the special moment when a new life comes into the world, you can take a look at this really useful list of top tips for birth partners: https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1072/dads-10-ways-to-be-the-perfect-birth-partner.

About Sam
Likes: Shopping, spending time with her friends and family including Harriet (of course)

Dislikes: Mess…she’s already teaching Harriet to tidy up her toys

Favourite movie: The Shawshank Redemption

 About Harriet
Weight at birth: 7Ib

Likes: Ice cubes and ice cream, listening to Ed Sheeran’s music, taking selfies with her auntie and crawling everywhere!

Dislikes: The sound of the hoover, tomatoes and ginger

Started walking at: Not walking quite yet, but looks like she won’t be long

First word: Still gurgling away, no actual words yet

#2 “Naming the baby”

Jon, dad of two, originally from Wales but living in Birmingham, was delighted when he found out his partner was having a baby boy. They were keen to embrace his Welsh heritage by giving their son, Alex a traditional Welsh middle name.

Jon, dad of two, originally from Wales but living in Birmingham, was delighted when he found out his partner was having a baby boy. They were keen to embrace his Welsh heritage by giving their son, Alex a traditional Welsh middle name.  However, after much thought and deliberation, the name that Alex ended up with couldn’t have been further from what they’d originally planned!

If you’re currently thinking of baby names and are stuck for ideas, check out this list of the ‘most popular baby names of 2016’: https://www.babycenter.com/top-baby-names-2016.htm #BumpStories

About Jon
Likes: Nintendo, tennis and playing football with Alex

Dislikes: Being woken up in the middle of the night. Luckily Alex no longer does this to us on a regular basis!

Favourite movie: Star Wars – and he’s already training Alex up in the ways of the force

 About Alex
Weight at birth: 8lb 6oz

Likes: Nintendo, tennis and playing football with Jon

Dislikes: The sight of blood – especially if it’s his own!

Started walking at: 18 months

First word: Bel – as in ‘Isabel’ – his older sister

#1 “Finding out I was pregnant”

Kerry, mum of two from Birmingham, found out that she was pregnant with her first child at the age of 32 and it was a bit of a shock. Kerry has shared her experience with us.


Kerry, mum of two from Birmingham, found out that she was pregnant with her first child at the age of 32 and it was a bit of a shock. Kerry has shared her experience with us.

If, like Kerry, you are pregnant and are looking for advice on the things you need to consider in the early stages of pregnancy then take a look at the Start 4 Life website.

About Kerry: during her labour with Phoebe, Kerry had an epidural – emergency c section

Likes:  reading, eating out, debating (talking in general), horses and feminist!

Dislikes: the grammar police, inequality, dishonesty, blue cheese

Favourite phrase: “it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!”

About Phoebe: at birth Phoebe weighed 8lb 15oz and started waling at 10 months

Likes: dance, gymnastics, swimming, reading, eating at restaurants

Dislikes: going to bed and insects that fly

First word: “Mama”

Online breastfeeding support now available to new mums in the West Midlands

You can also access independent and confidential advice by contacting the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212.

Start4Life, Public Health England’s programme has launched a new interactive online chat forum to guide new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding.

New mums are now able to access 24/7 trusted NHS advice through a new online tool the Breastfeeding Friend (BFF). The BFF provides advice and responds to questions posted by the user at any time of the day or night in a friendly and encouraging way.

Combined with support from Midwives, health visitors, family and peers, the BFF aims to make a real difference to help mums get their breastfeeding off to the very best start, giving them the confidence to carry on. The tool is also a useful source of information about community support groups and local networks that new mums can access if they require a little more help on their journey.

If you’re a new mum or currently pregnant and would like to access BFF, simply head to your Facebook messenger app and type ‘Breastfeeding Friend’ into the Search Box. For further advice and information on breastfeeding as well as other parenting tips and ‘how to’ videos, head to the Start4Life website.

You can also access independent and confidential advice by contacting the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212.