There was a great atmosphere of celebration this week at Downpatrick Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) as the target of 50 births set by the Department of Health for their first year of operation was met ahead of schedule.
Downpatrick Midwifery Led Unit was the first stand-alone unit introduced to Northern Ireland and opened its doors on 22nd March 2010. This Midwifery-Led Unit provides a local choice for women who have their antenatal care within their own community. Woman with low risk pregnancy now have the choice to give birth in their local facility cared for by highly trained and dedicated midwives.
The 50th baby born is a healthy baby girl, Faye Louise, whose mother Cheryl McNamara gave birth on Tuesday evening 15th February. Baby Faye Louise weighed in at 7lbs 31/2ozs.
When asked about her experience at Downpatrick MLU, Cheryl said, “Other members of my family gave birth in the old Downpatrick maternity unit and really missed it when it closed. I was encouraged by my family to support this service and I was glad I did. The midwives were very kind, caring and supportive and I am delighted with the excellent service I received.”
This local MLU works in close collaboration with their sister unit at the Ulster Hospital transferring mothers and babies when necessary and the local midwives are delighted that through good risk management only small numbers have required transfer.