A Hinchingbrooke midwife has received the 2018 Pam's Prize, which gives recognition to the way volunteer breastfeeding counsellors make a difference to so many families in their time of need.
Debbie Abbott works as a midwife at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and also volunteers as a Breastfeeding Counsellor for the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM), providing advice and assistance to new mothers with breast feeding.
She trained with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers and qualified in the late 1980s after her second son was born. When the National Breastfeeding Helpline was launched Debbie offered telephone counselling for local women but is now part of the ABMs emailing counselling service.
Debbie added: "I plan to continue volunteering at the ABM group and answering emails for the foreseeable future. I really love being part of women's breastfeeding journeys, I have so much admiration for their strength and determination to go the very best they can for their babies."
Over the past 15 years Debbie has been involved with running a weekly support group in St Neots where she offers support, help and reassurance for mothers with breastfeeding challenges. Alongside the group Debbie also does home visits when needed as well as texting and Facebook support.
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