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Stress control course for pregnant women and new mothers

Posted on the 3rd October 2018

A new course is being introduced in Blackburn with Darwen to assist pregnant women and new mothers to deal with stress.

The Stress Control Course has been organised by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Children and Families’ Service in conjunction with the Mindsmatter service and local Children’s Centres.

Hayley McHugh, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We’ve collaborated with our Mindsmatter service and Children’s Centres in Blackburn with Darwen to bring this new and exciting course to the area that focusses on the needs of perinatal ladies. This course welcomes any pregnant lady or ladies who have had a baby within the last 12 months.”

Jocelyne Holden, Mental Health Practitioner for Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Our aim is to deliver psychoeducation around stress, low mood, anxiety, panic and sleep whilst equipping attendees with the tools to manage their stress in an informal, supportive and baby friendly environment. These are two-hour sessions run over 6 weeks. The course is breastfeeding friendly and children up to 1 years old are welcome to attend.”

These 6-week courses will begin on 9 October at Hancock Children’s Centre (10.00am-12.00pm) and 27 November at Highercroft Children’s Centre (10.00am-12.00pm). To attend, telephone Mindsmatter on 01254 226037.

The Trust is also opening a brand new, eight bed, specialist inpatient unit and community outreach service for mothers with severe perinatal mental health problems. The service will provide women in Lancashire and Cumbria with timely access to specialist advice, care and treatment while also supporting their relationship with their infant.