Couples encouraged to get healthy before their baby arrives


Health bosses have launched a new service in Boston to encourage couples to maintain a healthy lifestyle before they have children.

The pre-pregnancy clinic has been set up by the community midwives at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, to provide women with information and support so they are in the best possible health prior to pregnancy.

Referrals can also be made for women to dietary advice and stop smoking services.

Elizabeth Grooby, Matron Maternity and Gynae Services for Pilgrim Hospital, said: “Pregnancy can be a worrying time for women, especially if it is their first child. We have introduced this service to make sure women and their partners have access to all the information they need to stay fit and healthy during their pregnancy.”

The service follows a campaign to cut down on the number of mums-to-be who smoke after it was revealed that 23 per cent do in Boston.

The clinic will be trialled at Carlton Road Children’s Centre from November and will be held every fourth Thursday of the month from 10am. Appointments last 30 minutes but hour slots can be booked if needed.

To book an appointment contact the community midwives on 01205 445414 between 9-10am or contact the Carlton Road Children’s Centre during the week on 01205 355056.