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Slimming World and the Royal College of Midwives have joined forces in a unique partnership to support pregnant women and breastfeeding mums in managing their weight

The partnership brings together the world-class midwifery and maternity expertise of the RCM and Slimming World, the UK’s leading weight management organisation, with 42 years’ experience of helping people to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

The agreement sees Slimming World join the RCM’s Alliance Programme which aims to promote the work of the RCM to midwifery professionals, actively support midwifery and promote the interests of the RCM, midwives and mothers.

Obesity in pregnancy can lead to serious complications for a mother and her developing child. It is estimated that over a quarter of women in the UK aged over 16 are obese*. Slimming World champions healthy eating and sensible weight control in pregnancy and is the only national weight management organisation in the UK to provide specialist support to women before, during and after pregnancy.

With the consent and on-going recommendation of their midwife or GP, Slimming World actively works with women to address weight management issues. It makes a significant contribution in raising awareness about this issue in a real and practical way, helping women develop new healthy eating habits and moderate activity routines - through its weekly support groups - and in full support of the work of midwives. This partnership is a natural fit for Slimming World and the RCM, both of whom have the health and wellbeing of women and babies at their heart.

Caryl Richards, Slimming World’s managing director, says: “Slimming World is the only national weight management organisation in the UK which continues to provide support to members when they become pregnant. This is a time when women often feel vulnerable and unsure about the way to manage their weight; they need specialist support and we’re very proud of the positive contribution we make to the lives of so many women and their families.

“Many women who come to Slimming World tell us that their weight problems began in pregnancy, and that their weight increases with each successive pregnancy. We know it doesn’t have to be that way.  Our approach of a healthy balanced diet and moderate activity - backed up by group support - helps women to successfully manage their weight before, during and after one of the most exciting events in their lives.


“We don’t encourage weight loss or ‘dieting’ during pregnancy – instead we support women to adopt a balanced, healthy diet to prevent excess weight gain; we also help mums to manage their weight healthily following the birth of their child, while breast-feeding”.


“Joining the RCM Alliance is a tremendous opportunity to ensure pregnant women get the right information and advice, during and after pregnancy and that midwives continue to be supported in the outstanding work they do.”

Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Nothing could be more vital than the work of the RCM and Slimming World to improve the health of women, and through this, their babies.  Their approach to weight management with pregnant women is sound, achieves positive results and helps to change the lives of many women.

“This partnership will mean that we can work together to raise awareness of the right kind of weight management in pregnancy, through Slimming World’s groups and through the work of midwives to improve the health of women and their babies.”

 

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 10:10

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