Health Minister visits Midwifery Led Unit at Newry’s Daisy Hill Hospital

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Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Health Minister Jim Wells has paid a visit to the new Midwifery Led Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital.

Health Minister Jim Wells with Southern Trust maternity staff during his recent visit to the Midwifery Led Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital.

The Unit, which is based on the Maternity Ward at the hospital, welcomed its first baby in November. During his visit the Minister met with staff who showed him the two ensuite rooms equipped with a birthing pool and bath for labouring in and explained how the Unit allows women to experience midwifery led care in a home from home environment. Anne McVey, Assistant Director of Integrated Maternity and Women’s Health, for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust said, “The philosophy of midwifery-led care is that childbirth is a natural event, where midwives work one-to-one with women, helping them to give birth safely without medical intervention where possible.”

Helane and Dominic Fitzpatrick and grandparents with baby Malachy who was born in Daisy Hill Hospital’s new Midwifery Led Unit and Delivery Suite Sister Ann O’Reilly

The Minister said, “This unit provides a homely, non-clinical environment for women who wish to give birth without medical interventions. Where and how a woman gives birth can be hugely important to her, and this facility offers low-risk expectant mothers the option of a more relaxed experience, with care and support from its team of highly skilled midwives.” Expectant mothers will be able to find out more about the Midwifery Led Unit at their first antenatal booking visit and can discuss with their midwife whether they may be suitable to give birth there.

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