Join scheme set up to help new mums

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VOLUNTEERS are being asked to provide help for mums and their families during pregnancy.

The Doula project, run by Sheffield Council, aims to provide support workers trained to help women from the north of the city through pregnancy and childbirth for the first weeks of their family life.

Volunteers will not be expected to offer clinical skills or perform medical tasks, but instead will give encouragement and advice to new mums in Sheffield.

An open day is taking place on Monday at the Moorfoot building in Sheffield city centre from 4pm to 6pm, giving potential volunteers the chance to speak to people who have already signed up to the volunteering project.

The word ‘Doula’ comes from Greece, and the project is being extended to Sheffield after being trialled in Hull.

Participants can gain credits towards studying for nursing, midwifery or similar careers and will also receive accreditation from the Open College Network through their training.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “The Doula project is in its infancy here in Sheffield but we know that it can make a real difference to women who need help during their pregnancy.”

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/doulas for more information about the scheme.

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