A NEW service has been launched by Barnsley Hospital to help families with premature babies.

The group, which runs once a month at Lundwood Family Centre, has been formed in response from parents whose babies were born at the hospital.

Nurse Rachel Thrumble said: “Parents often see their baby in an incubator attached to numerous wires and machinery which can create a barrier and impact on the ease and frequency that mum and dad can hold their baby.

“Our new group is a safe place where families can talk about those feelings and experiences alongside other families who have been through the same journey. We as professionals aim to encourage this and provide reassurance, information and emotional support if needed.”

The next meeting is on December 19 from 1pm until 3pm.