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Swaddling babies too tightly can cause hip problems

by Nia Mason

Parents could be risking their babies' health because they're being given the wrong advice about swaddling.

A study by an orthopaedic surgeon in Southampton says binding the arms and legs of a baby with a blanket could lead to long term hip damage, even though many new mums are advised to do so.

The new research says that the technique restricts movement which is vital for a baby's development. Nia Mason reports.

The interviewees are the report's author - Professor Nicholas Clarke, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Southampton University Hospitals Trust; and Alicia Reilly, a new mother from the south.

For advice and tips on 'safe swaddling' you can visit The International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

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Decision due today on midwife led birthing centres

Birthing, midwife, Dover
Midwife led Dover birthing centre Credit: ITV Meridian

A decision is expected today on the future of two midwife led birthing centres in Dover and Canterbury. Health bosses say there has been a reduction in the number of women choosing to have their babies at the centres over the last 5 years.

Birthing, hospital, East Kent
More births at William Harvey hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

Health chiefs say more mothers are choosing to give birth at the William Harvey hospital in Ashford instead. Today's meeting is taking place at the River Centre in Tonbridge.

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