Pregnant women in Hartlepool and Stockton who have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to access expert advice from midwives at local drop-in.
Held in partnership with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Hartlepool Borough Council, the regular drop-in sessions at Mill House Leisure Centre have proven popular with the public recently.
Midwives from the Trust will be on-hand to offer advice and guidance to women who are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or currently breast-feeding.
Midwives will be attending the sessions in response to NHS research which shows that 98% of pregnant women who were admitted to hospital with COVID-19 from February to September this year were not vaccinated.
Steve Wild, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Thousands of pregnant women have been safely vaccinated in the UK
“All the evidence shows that the COVID-19 vaccination has no harmful effects on the baby and does not affect the pregnancy, but of course we can understand some women may be hesitant or have questions.
“These drop-in sessions are a chance for pregnant women and women hoping to have a baby to have a chat with a midwife about any concerns they may have.
“The vaccine really is an essential part of caring for your baby.”
Craig Blundred, Hartlepool’s Director of Public Health, said: “We had a really good response to our first dedicated drop-in session for pregnant women, and I would urge other mums-to-be to come forward and get vaccinated.
“The vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against COVID, which can be serious in later pregnancy.”
Midwives will be present on Wednesday 8 December and Wednesday 22 December, 10am – 2pm, at the sports hall of Mill House Leisure Centre, Raby Road, Hartlepool, TS24 8AR. No appointments are needed to attend the drop-in sessions.
The maternity team has arranged to also attend a drop-in clinic at Stockton-on-Tees:
Friday 17 December, 9.30am – 2pm