29/08/2018

Support Group for Families of Premature Babies

East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has joined with Suffolk Libraries to set up a new support group for families with premature babies.

The first ‘Tiny Tots’ session will be held in Lowestoft Library from 10.45am to 11.45am on Tuesday 11th September with the opportunity for parents to chat while older siblings play. An ECCH health visitor will be on hand to offer support and advice.

Library and Information Advisor Wendy Jinkerson said: “The group came about after talking to two families who both have little boys who were born premature. They spoke about how there was a lack of support for families in our area to get together and share their experiences. After speaking to my manager, we agreed that we can offer a group here for families to meet, chat and little ones to play.”

Health visitor Anne-Marie Freeman, who has helped to organise the new group, said: “Taking a premature baby home can be daunting so we wanted to set up this group to offer parents reassurance and support. Having a regular meeting has lots of advantages – parents can ask questions, share tips, and make friends with others who understand exactly how they feel and the kind of concerns they have – and we can give advice on things like feeding and check on the overall health and development of both babies and their mums.”

From Tuesday the groups will run weekly with a health visitor attending once a month.