The classes will be held on Monday mornings between 10 and 11.30 a.m. in private rooms within the Starbucks coffee shop and are specifically designed to cater for the needs of the under 20s.
Salisbury District Hospital midwife Jo Desborough said: "Because of their age, it’s been difficult to get many of our younger mums involved in ante-natal classes at the hospital. They often feel uneasy talking about their own particular needs in a wider group and tend not to come up to the hospital classes."
"It’s important that new mums have access to a range of information following the birth of their child and we have found that for the under 20s this needs to be tailored to their own particular age group and circumstances."
"We will be supported by Bemerton Heath health visitor Ruth Evans so that we can provide information on a wide range of issues from social security benefits, contraception, bonding and parenting skills, to more general advice about caring for their baby."
"We also hope that by having these meetings in central Salisbury, this will encourage younger mums to come along. A new baby brings joy and happiness, but also added responsibility. We want all our mums to enjoy their new born baby and give them the confidence and information that they need to help them in those first few weeks and months of the baby’s life." Ends
For further information please contact: Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170