New drop-in centre for mums-to-be

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MUMS to be in Chesterfield are being offered more pregnancy services without having to travel to hospital.

A midwifery base is being opened at Chesterfield Council’s Healthy Living Centre in Staveley.

The facility will enable pregnant women to drop in when they need to, as well as be seen by appointment.

There will also be advice sessions on healthy eating and exercise in pregnancy, infant feeding, baby massage and post-natal support.

Matron Linda Gustard said: “The service will operate in the same way as a GP practice but with greater flexibility because it will be staffed by midwives rather than being reliant on when a midwife can base herself at a practice. A named midwife can still be assigned, and will be able to explain when she has clinics and drop-in sessions so an appointment time can be arranged.

“In terms of flexibility it means a person working in the Staveley area can access the base without taking a day or afternoon off work. And there will be evening sessions once a week and weekend opening from 10am to 2pm.”

The initiative is thanks to a link-up between Chesterfield Royal Hospital and the borough council. Coun David Stone, lead member for healthy communities, said: “It’s a fantastic partnership and we’re delighted to be part of something different.

An open day takes place at the new base 10.30am this Saturday.