A brand new centre to provide medical care for new and soon-to-be mums in Downham Market is now open.
The Juniper Hub will offer antenatal and postnatal care in the town meaning women and their families will not have to travel so far.
The building, which is operated by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, will have a team of nine midwives and one senior maternity support worker who will start off by running one clinic a day on weekdays, with plans to expand the service further.
Karen Warrington, Project Manager from Norfolk and Waveney Local Maternity & Neonatal System, said: “We are so pleased to have worked alongside QEH’s Maternity Department in progressing this standalone midwifery hub in Downham Market. The provision of midwifery hubs to provide localised midwifery care in the community forms part of the National Maternity Transformation Programme.
“As Project Manager, with support of the team at QEH, we have launched a community base for pregnant people to ensure they have accessible, localised care during their pregnancy journey. I am sure this facility will be welcomed by staff and pregnant people alike.”
Joanne Masters, Midwife Team Lead at the Juniper Hub, added: “The Hub will be a great place for our local women and their families, providing antenatal and postnatal care, including antenatal classes, postdates acupressure sessions, and hypnobirthing.
“The hub will also be used to provide consultant appointments and support from other multidisciplinary colleagues including our perinatal mental health team, diabetes team and physiotherapy colleagues – to name a few.”