19/09/2018

Support group launches for families of premature babies

Parents of premature babies had a chance to meet and chat about their experiences when a new support group launched in Lowestoft thanks to a partnership between East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) and Suffolk Libraries.

The first ‘Tiny Tots’ session was held in Lowestoft Library on Tuesday 11th September after several families with premature babies expressed a wish for more opportunities to get together and share their experiences. An ECCH health visitor was on hand to offer advice and answer any questions or concerns.

Mum Charmaine Dowling, from Lowestoft, whose son Jaxon was born 11 weeks early, said: “I really enjoyed it. Having a premature baby can be very scary and it really helps just having someone to talk to, and seeing the positive outcome for other babies gives you a little peace of mind. We spent a total of seven weeks in three different hospitals and the lack of support was beyond me. I believe this group will help other parents and grandparents who are going through a similar roller coaster experience.”

Health visitor Anne-Marie Freeman, who helped to organise the new group, said: “We’re delighted that the group got off to such a positive start. We wanted to be able to offer more support to parents and give them a chance to meet and talk with others who have been in the same situation. We can give advice on things like feeding and check on the overall health and development of both babies and their mums while parents can ask questions, share tips, and make friends with others who understand exactly how they feel.”

The groups will run every Tuesday from 10.45am to 11.45am with a member of the ECCH health visiting team attending once a month.