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BBC Radio 4 Listens to Maternity Mates

The BBC Radio 4 flagship consumer programme, You and Yours, featured an interview with one of our most experienced Maternity Mates, Laura Cullen, on how Maternity Mates support women during pregnancy, birth and the early weeks of motherhood.  

The interview was part of a 45 minute "special" broadcast on Tuesday 23rd February dedicated to women's experiences of giving birth in light of the publication of a major review commissioned by NHS England, which looks at improving maternity services over the next five years.

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Our First Crowdfunding Campaign

WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) made our first foray into Crowdfunding recently, launching at our annual event in October 2015.   After raising £3,200 in total (£1,475 via the Crowdfunding site and a further £1,725 offline) our campaign came to a close in early December.

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Government funds WHFS FGM /C work

Communities Minister Stephen Williams announced on 5th December 2014 that WHFS was one of 13 frontline community organisations in the UK to gain funding from central government to help end FGM /C (female genital mutilation /cutting).

The money has been awarded to projects in areas of greatest need and is in line with published data from NHS hospitals showing there to be 3 times the number of reported cases of FGM /C in London, compared to the rest of the country.

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WHFS Announces New Patron

WHFS is thrilled to welcome Dr Geetha Subramanian MBE as a new patron.  

Dr Subramanian is a consultant gynaecologist who has worked in Community Women's Health in Tower Hamlets for 27 years.  She made significant changes to the way services were delivered in various areas, including female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM /C) and young people’s sexual health.  She successfully established a Centre of Excellence, providing specific clinical services for women in Tower Hamlets in a sensitive and effective way.

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WHFS lead FGM /C House of Commons Seminar

Sharon Hanooman from WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) led a powerful and inspiring women-only seminar on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM /C) at the House of Commons on Thursday 16th October 2014.

Hosted by Rushanara Ali (MP for Bethnal Green and Bow), the event brought together over 80 women from the Tower Hamlets Somali community, specialist health professionals, midwives and officials from the Department of Public Health.  WHFS also released the FGM /C community project report, ‘Hear Our Voices’ (please click here for the report).

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New Project Funding: Researching Patient ‘Open Consent’

WHFS achieved funding to explore Patient Open Consent in July 2014 from Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (THCCG).

This is where patents consent before they need referral to different health agencies in order to speed up the referral processes and therefore access by patients to the support they need.  WHFS has been commissioned to work creatively with patients and health professionals (particularly GPs) to capture their experience of, and attitude to, Patient Open Consent.

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