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Postnatal depression: advice and support

Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.

Support is available, locally, to help and guide new mothers and their families through the stress of pregnancy.

Postnatal depression: the facts

Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around one in 10 women after they have given birth.

The NHS says postnatal depresson tends to develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, often becoming more apparent after around six months.

Teenage mothers are at higher risk of developing postnatal depression.

The condition can go unnoticed, with many women unaware of having it.

Symptoms can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.

More information can be found on the NHS website.

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What's inside the new West Cumberland Hospital?

An operating theatre inside the new hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Find out what's inside the new £90 million West Cumberland Hospital.

Key facilities:

  • 169 beds
  • 10 operating theatres including one that uses a laser for operations
  • 162 extra parking spaces

Inside the new hospital:

  • Level 2 - sterile services, pathology, pharmacy, catering
  • Level 3 - a number of units including A&E and Cumbria Health on Call
  • Level 4 - a number of units including operating theatres and maternity services

Inside the retained building, which is being redeveloped:

  • Level 2 - mortuary, chapel, chemotherapy
  • Level 3 - a number of units including cardiology and respiratory
  • Level 4 - women's outpatients, day assessment area for maternity, postnatal ward and elderly care ward
  • Level 5 - Copeland unit, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy

You can find the full list of services in the West Cumberland Hospital, which opens on 8 October, here.

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North Tyneside fundraiser embarks on latest challenge

A North Tyneside fundraiser has embarked on his latest challenge to raise money for the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Ivan Hollingsworth, 40, who lives in Whitley Bay, has raised more than £400,000 over the last five years for the Children's Heart Unit after his son, Sebastian, had surgery at the hospital in 2009.

He has now began his sixth coast-to-coast challenge to pay for specialist staff at the hospital's new £300,000 playroom.

Ivan and a team of riders, including staff from the Freeman Hospital, will cycle 140 miles from Whitehaven, in West Cumbria to Tynemouth.

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