New pregnancy massage clinic opens in Farnworth

In the massage suite are, from left, Joan Winsche, Soya Gibson, community midwife and Tina Woods, therapist

In the massage suite are, from left, Joan Winsche, Soya Gibson, community midwife and Tina Woods, therapist

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

MUMS-TO-BE will be have access to soothing support thanks to a new pregnancy massage clinic in Farnworth.

The new holistic project, set up at Farnworth UCAN centre, is designed to help vulnerable pregnant women relax and prepare for the arrival of their new baby.

Women referred to the free weekly sessions will have access to a massage in the pop-up therapy room as well as extra support from community midwives.

Bolton Community Homes will fund the clinic for six months and the organisation hopes it will encourage expectant mums to use maternity services at an early stage in their pregnancy.

June Winsche, project manager for the new clinic, said: “We did a lot of research into the number of babies born in the Farnworth and Kearsley area and found that in the Farnworth area alone there is a high percentage of women who suffer domestic violence, housing issues, poverty, drug and alcohol-related issues as well as many more broader family issues around child protection.

“This can impact on a women’s desire to bond with her newborn baby and ultimately breast feed so the problems increase or the situation remains the same.

“We’re hoping this new clinic will be a place for women to access healthcare support at an early stage in their pregnancy and also allow them to take a bit of time out for themselves.”

Charlie Norman, chief executive of St Vincent’s Housing Association, said: “We have a massive focus on health and wellbeing at St Vincent’s and I think this is a fantastic project.

“We like to get involved with communities and individuals as much as we can — especially if they are disadvantaged. Hopefully this project will have a really positive impact on the mums and the children.”

Pregnant women are referred through the maternity department at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

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12:08pm Thu 22 May 14

Jerry cruncher says...

It's not just a therapy room,it's a "pop up" therapy room.Such a cretinous term.
It's not just a therapy room,it's a "pop up" therapy room.Such a cretinous term. Jerry cruncher
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4:13pm Thu 22 May 14

Thatissowrong says...

This is where your taxes go down the drain. If the pregnant women live such dreadful lives with lousy prospects surely the money would be better spent encouraging them not to breed in the first place.
I expect a lot of stick for having said this but it seems sensible to me.
This is where your taxes go down the drain. If the pregnant women live such dreadful lives with lousy prospects surely the money would be better spent encouraging them not to breed in the first place. I expect a lot of stick for having said this but it seems sensible to me. Thatissowrong
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8:20pm Thu 22 May 14

escapedfromsmithills says...

Why don't we just introduce a maximum of one child per family like Chairman Mao and take freedom of choice to have children away because you don't like someone's way of life. It's clear that this clinic is set up for vulnerable women and babies that are often victims of the lives that they live. This can only do good and help break the cycle of deprivation that contribute to giving the child a decent start.
Why don't we just introduce a maximum of one child per family like Chairman Mao and take freedom of choice to have children away because you don't like someone's way of life. It's clear that this clinic is set up for vulnerable women and babies that are often victims of the lives that they live. This can only do good and help break the cycle of deprivation that contribute to giving the child a decent start. escapedfromsmithills
  • Score: 5

10:02am Fri 23 May 14

Scarlet1983 says...

What about us women that worked full time throughout our pregnancy and struggled with aches and pains! I'm positive this service would not have been offered to me as I don't fall in any of the categories! I missed out on the maternity grant because I work full time and was saving up to provide for my child!
What about us women that worked full time throughout our pregnancy and struggled with aches and pains! I'm positive this service would not have been offered to me as I don't fall in any of the categories! I missed out on the maternity grant because I work full time and was saving up to provide for my child! Scarlet1983
  • Score: 2

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