Emmerdale star helps Baby Café celebrate

Baby Cafe 10th anniversary celebration at Baby Ballet, with Emmerdale star Jane Cox, 2nd from left.
Baby Cafe 10th anniversary celebration at Baby Ballet, with Emmerdale star Jane Cox, 2nd from left.
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A well-known face popped into a special café in Halifax which helps mums and their babies.

Emmerdale star Jane Cox - who plays Lisa Dingle in the popular ITV soap - visited the Baby Café on Square Road to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

The café, in Baby Ballet, has also just received a Unicef accreditation.

Numbers of visiting mums have trebled from 140 to more than 400 a year and midwifery and health visitors also attend sessions to offer advice and support.

Since 2002, breastfeeding rates in Calderdale have gone up for both new mums - from 71 per cent to 80 per cent - and for mums after six months, from 34 per cent to 43 per cent.

The café threw a party with refreshments and a children’s balloon magician to celebrate their successes.

The founder and Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s infant feeding advisor Marilyn Rogers said: “It is quite something to be here 10 years on, helping mums and babies to breast feed during those early days.

“We are very proud to be able to offer this support outside of the hospital.

“When we started it was something totally different and there are now cafes offering similar support in many locations.

“Gaining the positive comments during Unicef accreditation is a tremendous accolade for the dedication of everyone involved who works hard to make it a success for our mums and babies.”