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Right Arrow Press Release - Midwifery Unit opens its doors to first-time mums - PR/07/0405
29 April 2004 at 11:33
Following the successful first ten months, it has been decided to open the Midwifery Unit at Southport and Formby District General Hospital to first time mums-to-be. Since it opened in June 2003, only women who had already had a child were offered the facility for their subsequent births.

Catherine Boyle, consultant midwife and head of the Midwifery Unit said, “We took a cautious approach to start with as the idea of a midwife led unit was new to the Hospital, although they are quite common in other parts of the country. However, we are extremely pleased with the way the facility has worked out and as was the original intention we have reviewed our criteria and are now pleased to offer the unit to first-time mums who do not have medical complications.

“We try to offer a relaxed, ‘home-from-home’ feel to the unit and have had some very positive comments from those who have had babies here. We feel the time is right to try to develop the unit further and hopefully it will become the first choice of as many people as possible.”

The Midwifery Unit has three delivery rooms and three postnatal beds. There have been 73 births to date on the unit.

All local GPs and Mersey Ambulance Service have been informed of the changes to the Admission Criteria of the unit.

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Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk