Open Day at Midwife Led Unit

Anne-Marie is pictured with Baby Daniel and Hannah McCauley (Midwifery Sister)
Anne-Marie is pictured with Baby Daniel and Hannah McCauley (Midwifery Sister)

Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit held a very successful open day recently to celebrate its fifth birthday, with over 100 people attending.

Midwives showcased the services provided within the unit, including: Active Birth workshops, Hypnobirthing, Reflexology and Breastfeeding workshops.

Staff Midwife Ashley Jamison with Baby Alfie, Baby Ruby, Molly, Amanda Davidson & Pamela Skates

Staff Midwife Ashley Jamison with Baby Alfie, Baby Ruby, Molly, Amanda Davidson & Pamela Skates

The health improvement and smoking cessation midwives were on hand to explain their role within the team and other health professionals such as physiotherapists and members of St John’s Ambulance who teach neo-natal resuscitation were also on hand to give advice.

Since Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit opened, it has helped more than 984 mothers birth their babies.

The team of midwives and maternity support workers care for women before, during and after they have their babies.

The unit also operates in a team midwifery model so that women can meet the midwives before they have their babies so that they can develop a relationship with them and provide continuity of care.

Aneta Nowak with baby Lilly and Claire Carson, Staff Midwife

Aneta Nowak with baby Lilly and Claire Carson, Staff Midwife

President National Childbirth Trust, Seana Talbot said: “The South Eastern HSC Trust has been ahead of the game in terms of maternity care in Northern Ireland being innovative, progressive and forward thinking.

“Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit is a perfect example of good quality maternity care. The birth centre is warm, welcoming and safe and women who use the service, tell us they love it.

“Mothers who have developed problems during birth have told us they have been treated safely and sensitively.

“We know from the evidence that healthy mums having uncomplicated pregnancies get better results in units like this. I would encourage mums to visit the unit.”

Cutting the cake to mark the fifth birthday is Hannah McCauley (Midwifery Sister),Lesley Page (President of the Royal College of Midwives), Zoe Boreland (Head of Midwifery), Rosie Kelly (Asst. Director, Woman & Child Health),  Fionnuala McCluskey (Head of Gynae Services & Lead Midwife) & Melanie Fitzpatrick (Maternity Team Lead)

Cutting the cake to mark the fifth birthday is Hannah McCauley (Midwifery Sister),Lesley Page (President of the Royal College of Midwives), Zoe Boreland (Head of Midwifery), Rosie Kelly (Asst. Director, Woman & Child Health), Fionnuala McCluskey (Head of Gynae Services & Lead Midwife) & Melanie Fitzpatrick (Maternity Team Lead)

Becki Hill is pictured with her partner, Belfast Giants player Mark Garside, Baby Logan, Winnie Chambers, (Staff Midwife) and Emma Dyer (Staff Midwife)

Becki Hill is pictured with her partner, Belfast Giants player Mark Garside, Baby Logan, Winnie Chambers, (Staff Midwife) and Emma Dyer (Staff Midwife)

Marta Peron with baby Lilly and Staff Midwife Joanne Maguire

Marta Peron with baby Lilly and Staff Midwife Joanne Maguire