Support group for new mums

Support group for new mums

New mums at Redland have access to a weekly community based breastfeeding support clinic run by Mater midwives.

The breastfeeding clinic, held at Mater Pharmacy Redland, was developed after Mater Mothers’ Private Redland identified a gap in post natal follow-up for new mothers after their allocated hospital stay.

Mater Pharmacy Redland already hosts a weekly walk-in baby clinic where new mothers can have their baby weighed and discuss  concerns about feeding (breast or bottle) with a Mater midwife.

This clinic was well attended and the midwives felt mothers requiring additional breastfeeding support needed allocated appointment times in a private area.

Mater Mothers’ midwife Annie Donaldson said her role was to send women home with enough knowledge to feel comfortable looking after their babies. 

"By putting in place an outpatient breastfeeding support clinic we’ve helped women have access to follow up in a community setting where they feel comfortable and any concerns they have can be attended to quickly by experienced Mater midwives," Ms Donaldson said.

"The longer, private appointment time enables the midwives to spend some time with the mums and their babies and to observe breastfeeding taking place so they can help rectify any problems and provide advice there and then.

"We’ve had very positive feedback on the clinic from mothers, midwives, pharmacy staff and paediatricians."

The breastfeeding support clinic is held every Friday morning at Mater Pharmacy Redland, Weippin Street, Cleveland. Women with babies under six weeks old can be referred by their GP, paediatrician, pharmacist or midwife.

A baby clinic, for babies aged up to three months, is also available on Monday mornings from 9am to 1pm at Mater Pharmacy Redland

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