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020 8510 5555

Maternity Helpline
Translation/advocacy
Maternity counselling
Stop smoking support
Substance misuse
Public health midwives
Antenatal Pelvic Girdle Pain
Postnatal exercise sessions
Physiotherapy

Maternity Helpline
Have you got a question about your pregnancy or newborn baby? Would you like to speak to an experienced midwife? Our Maternity Helpline is here to help you. Just call 020 8510 5955 (10am-6pm every day) and speak to an experienced midwife who will be happy to answer your questions.

The helpline is a local service and our midwives can help both with general questions and with questions specific to local maternity services. You can also book directly for Homerton maternity care by calling the helpline (you do not have to be referred by your GP).

The Hackney Maternity Helpline started in September 2007 as part of the award-winning Reducing Infant Mortality programme of works. The helpline currently receives around 800 calls per month.

Contact
Maternity Helpline 020 8510 5955
10am-6pm, Every day

Translation/advocacy
Homerton hospital serves a very diverse population, many of whom do not speak English as a first language.

Language support is available to our patients, both from bilingual health advocates at the hospital (click here for more information) and from our dedicated bilingual maternity support workers in the community.

The assistance of an advocate or bilingual support worker needs to be arranged in advance of your appointment; please let your midwife know if you need language support.

Maternity counselling
Our maternity services understand that, for some people, pregnancy and childbirth can create emotional difficulties.
Therefore, we have a specialist counselling service to support women and couples who may be experiencing psychological problems during pregnancy or after the birth.
If you think this might be useful for you, please ask a member of staff to refer you, or you can refer yourself.

Our counsellor is Yifat Hollander and her direct line, for appointments, is 020 8510 7198. She is in the hospital on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

There are leaflets about this service in antenatal, womens outpatients, EPAU and Priestley ward. Please ask a member of staff to give you one.

Stop smoking support
Smoking while pregnant can be harmful to your baby and can damage your own health. If you have any smoking-related issues, help is available from our stop smoking midwife advisor – research shows that specialist support doubles a smoker’s chances of giving up. 
Contact
Stop smoking specialist midwife
tel: 020 8510 7732 or 07979 771 457

Substance misuse
Our substance misuse liaison midwife provides and co-ordinates care of, and support for, pregnant women who are currently misusing drugs and alcohol, or are at risk of doing so.

She has excellent links with hospital and community drugs and parenting programmes and has set up Starbright, a multi-agency programme specifically aimed at supporting new parents with a history of substance misuse.
Contact
Substance misuse liaison midwife
Tel 020 8510 7805

Public health midwives
Children’s centres are a community resource at the heart of Hackney’s neighbourhoods which offer a range of integrated services for children under the age of five and their families.

Midwifery has been included as part of the core offer of services delivered within the children’s centres. This service is provided by public health midwives in partnership with Homerton hospital.

The midwives work with various organisations, as well as the community midwifery team and the support of the consultant midwife for public health, to provide culturally sensitive care to women and their families in the six children's centre areas (Areas A-F) across Hackney.

Antenatal Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) physiotherapy class
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 10.00 - 11.30am in the physiotherapy department.

Education and advice on pelvic girdle pain.
You can be referred by your GP, midwife or you can self-refer, but you must book onto a class via physiotherapy reception by calling 020 8510 7835 or drop by in person.
You can read more here

Postnatal exercise sessions
Postnatal exercise classes
Tuesday 1.30pm-2.30pm
John Scott Health Centre
Community Baby Clinic Room
Green Lanes
London
N4 2NU

Exercise will help you to return to your pre-pregnancy shape and level of fitness. It will increase your energy levels to help you cope with the demands of motherhood, will improve your pelvic floor function and reduce the likelihood of incontinence, and will help reduce stress and depression. The class includes pelvic stability exercises, pelvic floor exercises, back care, posture, feeding positions, changing positions, assessment and advice.

This class is open to all postnatal women. We suggest that you wait 6-8 weeks following a normal delivery, and 10-12 weeks after a Caesarean delivery before you return to any exercise class. The class is run by a women’s health physiotherapist who will tailor the exercises to your specific needs. You do not have to book a place, it is a drop-in class, and you can bring your baby with you. (We are unfortunately unable to allow older children to accompany you).

Physiotherapy
Antenatal and postnatal exercises are available in Hackney, more here