A pregnancy expert is joining a King’s Mill clinic which helps mums-to-be with drug and alcohol problems.
Mr Akinbode Hakeem-Habeeb is a consultant obstetrician at the hospital and adds a new layer of knowledge to a multi-disciplinary team of four.
The clinic runs once a week and offers to support pregnant women with a tailored treatment plan to help them overcome their drug or alcohol dependency
Babies given birth to by a mother with a substance addiction can be born underweight and also suffer from withdrawal issues.
Mr Habeeb first qualified in Cairo in 1979 working in Nigeria and at the Oxford Deanery before joining the trust.
He said: “This is an essential clinic and I am glad to be taking a prominent role in it. I hope to help many women overcome their problems so they can give birth to healthy and happy babies ready to start their new life.
“We see all types of different women of all ages. The important thing is not to start giving a lecture on their issues, but to support them with a plan of care including counselling and medication so they can defeat their dependency.” Diane Best is a Drug and Alcohol Liaison Midwife for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and is part of the team at the clinic.
She said: “The clinic was first setup in 2005 and for many years Miss Karen Glass was the consultant link, but she retired in 2010.
“Since then we have been looking for a doctor with the same passion as Miss Glass and Akinbode certainly fits the bill. We are all very happy that he has joined the team.”