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Our new Stopping Smoking in Pregnancy web page
Maternity Unit: Stopping Smoking in Pregnancy

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has a new web page about our Stop Smoking in Pregnancy Team, including details of how to access your local source of stop smoking support, helpful information and useful hints and tips, to help you and your family to become smoke free.

Wolverhampton's 'Virtual' Breastfeeding Support Groups
Infant Feeding: Vitual Breastfeeding Support

Pregnant women and new mothers are able to access twice weekly ‘live’ infant feeding support online, through our ‘virtual’ breastfeeding support and social groups.

These ‘virtual’ breastfeeding groups are being run by The Breastfeeding Network via Zoom, on a Tuesday and Thursday morning each week, from 10:00am - 12:00pm.

Many pregnant women find it very helpful to attend a breastfeeding support group before the birth of their baby, to talk to other mothers, ask questions and meet breastfeeding supporters.

New mothers also value support groups to gain practical breastfeeding support and information from peer supporters, and to meet other mothers to share their experiences.

If you are working, you may be able to ask your workplace for time off work to ‘attend’ one or more group sessions if they’ve been recommended by a health professional - ask your doctor or midwife for details.

For more information and to book a place onto one of the sessions, visit  Wolverhampton Virtual Breastfeeding Group's Facebook page or email wolverhampton@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

For details of other sources of breastfeeding support and information search online for “You and your baby Wolverhampton” or visit our Breastfeeding Support web page.

Flo - a free text message system for pregnant women and new mothers
Infant Feeding: Flo - a free text message system for pregnant women and new mothers

Pregnant women and new mothers can sign up to a free text message service known as 'Flo', to receive informative and motivational text messages. 

Funded by NHS England/Improvement as part of The Black Country and West Birmingham Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS), the ‘Flo’ message service will send regular helpful and supportive tips, videos and messages before and after baby arrives, on topics such as relationship building, what to expect, feeding your baby and safer sleep, by text to a mobile phone. 

The friendly and reassuring texts are designed to arrive throughout pregnancy from 28 weeks until baby arrives.  

After baby is born, by texting Flo with ‘BIRTHDAY’ and baby’s date of birth, Flo will then continue to send useful informative texts to help new mothers, until baby is 6 weeks old.  

Flo is interactive too - if women need further help with feeding a baby they can text Flo with ‘HELP’, to receive a message with details of how to access the support and information they need.

To find out how to sign up to Flo for free, pregnant women or new mothers just need to speak to their midwife or visit the Trust’s Breastfeeding Support web page.

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