Aquanatal mums thank midwife

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Water loving Arbroath mums gathered to thank their midwife for confidence boosting aquanatal classes.

The women had attended the classes were invited to bring their babies to a festive end of year party at Arbroath Community Maternity Unit.

The party was organised by Fiona Mineard, midwife at Arbroath Community Maternity Unit, for mums who attended the aquanatal fitness classes whilst pregnant.

Fiona, who ran the aquanatal classes said: “The party was a chance for me to thank women for coming along to the classes and for mums to bring along their babies and get together for a chat and catch up.”

The swimming exercise classes aim to help prepare mums-to-be for the birth of their babies by improving their fitness and stamina levels, as well as giving them the opportunity to meet other expectant mums.

Morven Webster, who attended the classes welcomed the opportunity to thank Fiona for all her hard work.

She said: “This class and Fiona has given so many women a safe place to exercise at the pool and a confidence boost at a stage in your life when you really need it.”

Fiona was the driving force behind the keep fit class held at the Arbroath swimming pool, attracting pregnant women from across the county and Dundee to attend.

“She did so well doing it and we are so grateful and wanted to acknowledge her hard work,” Morven finished.

Aquanatal is a form of safe exercise in water, set to music and specifically designed for pregnant women.

When immersed in water, 75 per cent of body weight is supported in the water providing light relief and protecting the baby throughout by the cushioning effects of water.

It is aimed at providing women, over 15 weeks gestation an environment which is sociable and friendly and has been suggested to help women have a shorter more natural labour and improved postnatal recovery.