New Midwifery-Led Unit for Daisy Hill Hospital
16/04/2014Mums- to-be, expecting babies from late Spring onwards may be able to deliver their baby in the new Midwifery Led Unit at Daisy Hill Hospital.
The new unit is part of the Maternity Ward on Level One of the hospital. It has two en-suite rooms, a birthing pool and a bath for labouring in, allowing women to experience midwifery led care in a home from home environment.
Brenda Kelly Lead Midwife 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.”
The Strategy for Maternity Care in Northern Ireland recommends that any hospital with a
Consultant Led Maternity Unit should also have a Midwifery Led Unit on the same site.
Brenda continues: “Whilst we already provide midwifery led care in the Delivery Suite, we are delighted to be able to modernise our facilities and extend the range of birthing options we can offer women attending Daisy Hill.
“Those with higher risk pregnancies will continue to have access to a team of staff led by a Consultant Obstetrician and now we can offer lower risk women the choice to give birth in our new dedicated midwifery led environment where natural labour is promoted.
“Whatever your needs, our midwifery and obstetric teams will support and advise you to ensure the safest care for you and your baby.”
Expectant mothers will be able to find out more about the Midwifery Led Unit at their booking visit and can discuss whether they may be suitable to give birth there with their midwife.