e-newsletter for Cornwall Peer Supporters
July 2016

July 2016

Cornwall Peer Support Newsletter

Exciting news for the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske

The Neonatal Unit has been successful in winning a grant from the Burdett Trust to enable them to have support to go for UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation under the Neonatal Standards!!
Stephanie Heard Said "This is great news for families in Cornwall, as it means our Neonatal Unit can move rapidly towards independent Baby Friendly Accreditation and continue to improve the care and support that is offered."
Helen Shanahan said "It means that NNU staff will be supported with training and project management to update all policies and guidelines affecting feeding; to train and update all NNU staff appropriately; to make parents real partners in the care of their babies on NNU; and to enable staff to give parents the best possible support to feed, care for and parent their babies.  Dellen Prescott, nutrition lead on NNU, has been passionately committed to this and has driven this application forward, with the support of Real Baby Milk and enthusiastic backing from management in NNU. We are all very proud and delighted for them, and looking forward to seeing wonderful momentum in moving forward."

Look out for more news on Neonatal developments in the next newsletter.

The most recent Community Peer Support training was held in St Dennis, near St Austell.  Congratulations to Alice Lewis, Zoe Davies, Leighanne Rowbotham, Krystina Hunking, Laura Hale, Natalie Beckett, Jo Williams, Laura Curwood, Jenny Thomas and Ashley Sims for completing the training.  These Peer Supporters are now volunteering at Liskeard, Mamas Milk St Austell, Mamas Milk St Blazey, Truro, Newquay and Redruth. 


Redruth Bosom Buddies celebrated 10 years 

By Caroline Patrick, Chair and Peer Support Volunteer Redruth Bosom Buddies
Running a group like Bosom Buddies is no easy task. It takes hard work from many dedicated peer supporters each week to help with setting up, feeding the mases, talking to the mums, cuddling the babes (hardest part of course) and tidying away at the end. In addition there is fund raising to be done and support at events across the county with our trusty pink tent. And this has been happening for nearly 10 years now!
Bosom Buddies is one of the longest running groups in the county and was originally set up by Stephanie Heard and a few eager newly trained mums. Since then it has undergone many changes including 2 venue changes, 1 time change and at least 3 chair persons.
On May 14th we celebrated our milestone birthday with a huge Teddy bears picnic at the Children’s Centre in Redruth.  We made an enormous picture board of all the babies that have been through the group in the last ten years, an amazing display and a fantastic way to celebrate the wonderful experience that raising children can be.  Thanks to everyone who came, we all had fun with the craft and games, refreshments, face painting and raffle.  Lastly a very big thank you to all the wonderful peer supporters across the county, and especially to my own amazing team at Bosom Buddies for working so hard to support families, always smiling and generally just being fabulous.

Upfront Saltash: moving forward
By Amy Freathy, Peer Support Volunteer 
Where the group was:
Disheartened peer supporters, very few mums attending the group; often none, and a lead peer supporter unable to attend the group often enough made for no atmosphere and an unappealing group for mums to attend.

Decision to make changes:
We decided to change to a day where our more regular peer supporters were able to attend, and equally important, to change to a day that coincided with baby weigh-in clinic.

Changes made:
The group was moved to a Thursday afternoon to not only run alongside the weigh-in clinic but also the sling library.

Links with Midwifery and Health:
Messages are passed between the lead peer supporter and a Health Visitor about mums who may need additional support and expectant mums requesting a breastfeeding support 'buddy'. The Health Visiting Team are clear about where and when the group runs. The current Community Midwife promotes the group in a very positive way and often directs new and expectant mums to us.

How things are now:
Two months on from making the changes, we have definitely seen an increase in the number of mums using the group. We have at least two new faces per week and are starting to see some mums regularly attending.  It feels generally busier and more social, this is helped by the sling library directing breastfeeding mums to us and mums popping in before or after attending the weigh-in clinic.  We do have a big concern though; we are dramatically low in peer supporters, having gone from eight to three in a matter of months.

I have a huge passion for this group though and I'm hoping that as we see more mums attending, coupled with a drive for new volunteers, we will see the group thrive.



Have a listen to our new audioBoom for ideas and best practice on supporting Mums  and maximising breastmilk

With Stephanie Heard, Helen Shanahan and Hanna Holcroft Peer Support Coordindator

Hanna leads a discussion with Helen and Stephanie, who are the Cornwall Infant Feeding team.  In a 10 minute audioBoom they explore best practice and the use of language, in what may be more challenging scenarios.
 Click here to listen.


Real Baby Milk Conference 2016
Have you booked your place yet?

Conference Bookings are coming in steadily.

Don't forget to follow the link below to book your place. The conference which is being held on Sunday 25th September 2016 at St Erme Community Centre is minutes form the A30 in mid Cornwall.  Places are limited and free to Cornwall Peer Support volunteers, NHS and Cornwall County Council staff.  For more details and to book  Click here 

Now "Crocheted Breasts"

One of the Volunteers supporting Real Baby Milk by knitting Breasts as a resource has created a crochet pattern. This really important resource can  now be created in a third of the time.  Here is one being made! Thank you Issy Clarke.

Real Baby Milk would like to thank all contributions to the newsletter.  Do contact us if you have some news for any future issues.
With thanks the Real Baby Milk team.

Mary Gosling
(Project and Business Manager)

Hanna Holcroft
(Peer Support Coordinator)
07462 990 485

Georgie Watson
(Team Admin)

RBM Office 
01872 260429

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