Ribble Valley mums set up Facebook support group

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A VIRTUAL group offering support to pregnant women and new mums has been created by three Ribble Valley mothers.

The Facebook page has been created for families who use or would like to use East Lancashire Hospitals’ maternity services. The purpose of the site is to share information and give support through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Louise Dunn (44), of Langho, Rachel Harradine (40), of Barrow, and Alex Severns-Jones (37), whose business is in Bashall Eaves, have set up the page.

“The idea of the Facebook page is to provide a forum where women can gain support from other women,” explained Louise.

“All of us are really aware of the benefits that women get from supporting each other in a normal group setting and we wanted to create a virtual group to continue this support.

“Women are using the group to talk about their experiences with the local maternity services. Women are also posting questions about where to get support.”

Louise explained that baby groups and activities are also advertised on the page so that women can get together.

Mother-of-three Louise had two of her children at East Lancashire Hospitals’ maternity services and, for the past decade, has volunteered as a service user on different forums at the hospital. Now co-chairman of the East Lancashire Maternity Service Liaison Committee, Louise also volunteers giving post-natal support at an NCT bumps and babies group and is an NCT breastfeeding counsellor.

Alex Severns-Jones is a mum-of-one and an antenatal teacher. She also volunteers on the post-natal ward at Lancashire Women’s and Newborn Centre as well as being co-chairman of the East Lancashire Maternity Service Liaison Committee.

“I got involved with NCT when I attended classes myself,” Alex explained. I have subsequently left hotel management to work in a variety of ways in supporting new parents and parents-to-be.”

Rachel Harradine, who has three children, is also an antenatal teacher and volunteers at the NCT bumps and babies group.

“I had babies two and three with East Lancashire Hospitals’ maternity services, both planned home births and got involved with the NCT when we moved to Barrow eight years ago to make friends and gain support from other mums.

“An opportunity then arose to begin training as an antenatal teacher and I qualified just over four years ago.

“Volunteering with Louise at bumps and babies allows me to continue to support women post-natally.”

To take a look at the page visit: www.facebook.com/groups/Birthineastlancashire/.