Healthwatch Reading joined other local residents on The One Show to help celebrate a Reading woman who set up an online support group for new mums during lockdown.
Rachel Greenwood (pictured above) was recognised on the BBC television show on 25 March in its weekly feature called ‘One Big Thank You’, that celebrates local heroes.
Rachel set up the Facebook group ‘Lockdown Bumps, Births and Babies in Reading’ to ensure new mums who couldn’t meet up in person during lockdown, could get virtual support instead.
Almost 1,000 women have joined the group and some of them spoke on The One Show about the vital connections the group has given them. Emma Taylor of Reading Maternity Voices also featured on the show.
Local new mums and Healthwatch Reading communications lead Rebecca Curtayne (pictured top right), applauded Rachel's efforts on the show.
Healthwatch Reading’s previous reports include interviews with pregnant women and new parents about experiences of giving birth in settings they weren’t expecting such as different hospitals, which prompted local services to improve the information women were given to help them prepare for such eventualities.