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26 September 2016 at 08:11

Midwives recreated hospital scenes through the ages to pose for a stunning charity calendar.

The team, from Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust, sourced and dressed in uniforms from different eras of midwifery.

The Midwifery - Through the ages calendar 2017 is now on sale.

The amazing images were shot for free by photographer Jo Rutherford from West Lancashire.

Photo locations included historic Dunham Massey Hall at Altrincham, Greater Manchester and the cobbled streets of Churchtown in Southport - to add extra realism to the shots.

All proceeds will go towards the Southport and Ormskirk Maternity Bereavement Fund which improves the services to parents who have lost a baby.

Midwife Heather Davies said: “We thought we’d do something a bit different to raise funds. We liked the idea for a calendar and then decided it would be fun to dress in the different eras of midwifery.

“The midwives really got into the spirit of things sourcing uniforms and props. We held various photo shoots over the last year and we think the results are fantastic. The photographer has really captured midwifery from the 1900s to the present day.”

Ormskirk hospital’s maternity unit supports the birth of more than 2,500 babies each year.

Photographer Jo said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the midwives. I was approached this time last year to photograph them at Dunham Massey when it staged a First World War exhibition and we have worked together through the year.

“I’ve been incredibly impressed with the time and effort the team have put into researching the eras, sourcing props and costumes and then attending photoshoots after working long shifts. This is obviously a cause that is very dear to them.”

Funds raised will help redecorate the bereavement suite at Ormskirk hospital and develop a memorial garden.

Lynne Eastham, Head of Midwifery and Nursing, added: “The Midwifery team at Ormskirk do not do anything by halves. They gave up their free time to create this calendar to help raise money for our Bereavement Fund. I’m very proud to work with such a dedicated team driven by their aim to provide the best care for families.”

Calendars are priced £8.50 and are now available to buy on e-Bay.




























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Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 705061
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.