Organized in partnership with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Hartlepool Borough Council, the regular walk-in sessions at the town’s Mill House Leisure Center have recently proved popular with the public.
The midwives of the trust will be on hand to advise and refer pregnant women, who are planning to become pregnant or who are currently breastfeeding.
They will attend the sessions in response to NHS research which shows 98% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 from February to September this year have not been vaccinated.
Steve Wild, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said “Thousands of pregnant women have been safely vaccinated in the UK” and added: “These walk-in sessions are fortunate for pregnant women and women hoping to have a baby to discuss their concerns with a midwife.
âThe vaccine is really an essential part of caring for your baby. “
Craig Blundred, Borough Council Director of Public Health, said: âWe had a very good response to our first drop-in session dedicated to pregnant women, and I urge other expectant mothers to come forward and to get vaccinated.
âVaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against Covid, which can be serious in late pregnancy. “
Midwives will be present on Wednesday 8 December and Wednesday 22 December from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the gym at the Mill House Leisure Center, Raby Road, Hartlepool.
No appointment is necessary to attend walk-in sessions.