Community hubs have been bringing new mums and dads together under one roof while helping them cope with their new arrivals.
The hubs - part of NHS England’s Better Births Maternity Transformation Programme – have proved to be a big success in Lincolnshire.
There are a total of 20 hubs across the country, five of which are in Lincolnshire: Lincoln, Grantham, Boston, Skegness and Spalding. A celebration of their success has been shared at national conferences.
They aim to bring new families together so that parents have access to antenatal, postnatal and general health and social services all under one roof.
Midwives, health visitors, children centre staff, mental health services and a variety of support groups are all working in the same facility.
Following the success of the community hubs already launched, the county’s maternity transformation team is currently working on the next wave of hub launches.
Emma Upjohn, Interim Community Midwife Matron, said: “The community hubs have enabled midwives to work in true collaboration with other services.
“Women are able to attend the community hubs and see the midwives for antenatal appointments and then access other services at the same time.
“The community hubs and children’s centres are such friendly, welcoming environments for women and families and the midwives have enjoyed becoming part of this wider team.
“The midwives now run the majority of antenatal clinics from the Community Hubs, but also have some antenatal clinics at Children’s Centres across the county.”
It is hoped the facilities will help reduce the isolation of new parents, enable children to meet and play with other children and provide support with health campaigns such as QUIT51 smoking cessation.
Other services at the hubs include breast feeding groups, weight management, financial assistance and peer support.
Each location also has tailored services, including home birth groups at Grantham and Lincoln and translation services in Boston.
Future visions for the hubs include services such as infant feeding, addaction referral, immunisations, sexual health services and mental health support.