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NHS Volunteers Help Ease Maternity Pressure - San Francisco Luxury News: NHS Volunteers Help Ease Maternity Pres...

NHS Volunteers Help Ease Maternity Pressure - San Francisco Luxury News: NHS Volunteers Help Ease Maternity Pres...

By Isabel Webster, West of England Correspondent Volunteers are being used by the NHS at the Royal Gwent Hospital in South Wales to ease pressure on overstretched maternity wards. Twenty so-called “maternity buddies” handle babies at the request of new mums while they sleep or shower, sit and chat to keep them company, help with meals, or even change water in flower vases. The unpaid helpers are given basic training in confidentiality and infection control but are not permitted to carry out any clinical duties including bathing or changing new-borns’ nappies. The buddy scheme was piloted at the hospital over a six-month period and has now gone live due to its success. Linda Hall, a mother of four and grandmother of two, finds time around her full-time job at a nursery to pop into the postnatal ward whenever she can. “The midwives are so busy that sometimes the new mums are...

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