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PS25m fund to help North's maternity services.

MOTHERS and their babies in the North East are to get new support with a share of a PS25m fund to improve birthing environments.

Maternity services in the North East will be able to apply for new funds to improve their maternity environments.

They can bid for en suite facilities, rooms where fathers can stay overnight or a wider range of facilities available like birthing pools.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but can present challenges for mums and families. I want to help women and their partners in the North East.

"Women with postnatal depression need care and support, not stigma. That's why early diagnosis and support for parents is so important."

As a further boost to new parents, the NHS Information Service for Parents is being expanded to cover older babies up to six months old.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2012
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