Improving the health and well-being
of people living in East Yorkshire
and Northern Lincolnshire
Crisis Pregnancy Centre – awarded £8000 by the Trustees to help CPC provide a free and confidential counselling service to both men and women who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, neonatal death, cot death or are suffering fertility/childlessness issues. The Centre has no waiting lists and can therefore offer quick access to a practioner who then supports the client to explore the issues they are facing, whether that be physical, emotional, environmental (such as finances, work, etc.) or family issues. The Centre, having been established in 1997, has now reached its 20th Anniversary. It is a registered charity with a team of six volunteers and one paid employee (the Centre Manager). The Centre has four Trustees who meet quarterly to review the charity's finances, approve expenditure and give strategic direction. The Trustees range from a variety of occupations including law, local government, general medical practice and private sector business. The Centre is located in a busy shopping and residential area (Newland Avenue) and is close to the University of Hull.
To provide as much accessibility as possible both day-time and evening appointments are offered at this location. The Centre also provides a drop-in facility within the Bransholme Health Centre (in a deprived North Hull estate) on Friday afternoons and thereby provides easier access to the residents of this estate. Hull, according to the Index of Multiple Deprivation (2015), is ranked as the third most deprived local authority in England (out of 326). Hull has high levels of poverty, poor health, low aspirations and low educational achievement. Whilst Hull historically had a culture of acceptance of teenage motherhood as the norm, 2015 conception statistics indicates a reduction in conceptions among women aged 15-17 years old i.e. 38.4 per 1000 women (the National Average is 21.0/1000) but this still ranks Hull third in England and Wales.
Nationally, the largest percentage conception increase occurred among women aged 40 and over (15.1 per 1000) and evidence shows that the age of the mother is a factor that can increase problems in pregnancy. Locally midwives report that 80-100 miscarriages and stillbirths are treated in the Hull Royal Infirmary annually.
Typically the CPC sees clients with moderate to severe depression which manifests in isolated behaviours, relational stress, physical symptoms (i.e. sleeplessness, appetite issues, etc.) and sick absence from work/unable to seek work. In response the Centre provides the client time to explore and verbalise their feelings, examine the impact of relationships on how the client is managing their grief and to identify communication strategies that might alleviate some of the stresses being endured. . Current statistics show that 73% of clients present with moderate or severe depression and after counselling 83% are discharged with none or a low level of depression that the client is able to manage alone. The Counselling process can take time and therefore the CPC offers unlimited numbers of sessions according to client need. The Centre is the only one-to-one baby bereavement service in Hull and therefore receives referrals from both the local hospital and GP surgeries.