Ipswich Hospital launches new wallet scheme to help pregnant women keep their babies safe

Pregnant patient Alisha Fiander with colleagues from Ipswich Hospital's maternity team and the Jude

Pregnant patient Alisha Fiander with colleagues from Ipswich Hospital's maternity team and the Jude Brady Foundation. Picture: IPSWICH HOSPITAL - Credit: Archant

Mums-to-be receiving care at Ipswich Hospital are being given vital information to help them protect the health of their unborn babies through a wallet they can carry with them throughout their pregnancy.

The specially-designed wallets include advice about how often the baby should move, facts about their growth and tips on what people should do if they have concerns, as well as information about when people should seek urgent help.

They also offer general advice about staying well during pregnancy, signs of labour and breastfeeding, as well as explaining what midwives will check for during appointments.

Woman will use the wallets to store their notes, which include their medical history, information about scans, birth and labour plans, so that all of their details are easily accessible when they go for appointments or in an emergency.

The wallets have been produced in partnership with the Jude Brady Foundation, a local charity set up by Peter and Lynn Brady after their son Jude was stillborn in 2006.

Ali Brett, bereavement midwife at Ipswich Hospital, said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to work with the Jude Brady Foundation to give these wallets to every mum-to-be who receives their care at Ipswich Hospital. They bring a range of really important health information into one place and we hope they will be a useful resource for people.

“It is vital for women to be in tune with their bodies so that they know what level of movement is normal for their baby and can recognise if their pattern has changed. There could be lots of reasons why this happens, but it is important to contact us straight away if you are worried.”

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The foundation has donated 4,000 wallets to the hospital, which will last around one year. Women have the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to support future mums-to-be.

Nicola Housden, fundraiser and administrator with the Jude Brady Foundation, said Ipswich was the first hospital the charity was working with to run this project, and if it is successful it hopes to be able to roll the scheme out nationally.

She added: “Reducing stillbirth is our ultimate goal, so this completely meets our criteria and we are looking forward next year to seeing the results.”

Anyone who would like to donate towards the cost of the wallets can text JUDE17 plus their amount to 70070.