New and expectant parents can now get easier access to support and information following the opening of a new Community Hub in Cambridge.
The Child and Family Centre at The Fields Child and Family Centre in Galfrid Road is the location for one of three pilot Community Hubs across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, which will provide a one stop shop for parents to access a range of information and services under one roof during pregnancy and beyond.
The launch event on Thursday (6 June) was a showcase for the support that is available locally for pregnant women and new parents with information stands from organisations including MIND, Rosie Maternity Voices, La Leche League and the Perinatal Mental Health Team.
The Hubs can also provide links to other support, such as help to give up smoking and work closely with local maternity and neonatal hospital units. Pregnancy advice and courses for new parents will also be provided via the Community Hubs.
They operate from Child and Family Centres (known as Children’s Centres in Peterborough) where, in many cases, families are already accessing support such as baby weighing clinics and maternity appointments with their midwives.
Community Hubs are a key element of Better Births - the long-term NHS plan for maternity services in England. The aim of Better Births is to improve the safety, quality of care and choices available to all women and their babies.
Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said: “We are committed to ensuring that children in Cambridgeshire have the best start in life and that includes providing pregnant mothers with advice and information to give them the best chance of a successful labour, which gives their children a healthy and happy start to life.
“We welcome the opening of these new Hubs, which will be a vital resource for the local community.”
Councillor Peter Hudson, Chairman of the Health Committee, said: “I am delighted that such a valuable facility is now open and would urge any new and expectant parents to come along and see what help is on offer.
“We are aware that some people may not know where to turn when it comes to pregnancy and parenting issues, so I’m confident the hub will become a vital part of the community.”
Carol Anderson, Chief Nurse at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said: “I am thrilled the first community hub for local families in Cambridge opens this week. The community hub is an extension of the children’s centre and will be a real asset to the local community and benefit all those who use it.
“Pregnancy and parenthood can be challenging and it’s great to be able to offer easier access to a range of services and information from pregnancy and beyond.”
For more information visit www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/better-births