Saint Mary's Birth Centre at Salford celebrates a successful first year!
On 23rd November, staff from Saint Mary's Birth
Centre at Salford, as well as senior staff from Saint Mary's
Hospital, welcomed Hazel Blears MP to the birth centre as part of
the first birthday celebrations.
The birth centre was opened on 5th December last
year as part of the Making it Better project, which was a
reconfiguration of maternity and children's services across Greater
Manchester. It's been a year of celebrations and milestones
for the team who welcomed their first baby on 6th
December, delivering 100 babies by July and now having delivered
over 200 babies; far exceeding expectations!
Kathy Murphy, Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Saint Mary's
Hospital, which runs Saint Mary's Birth Centre at Salford, said:
"Since the birth centre opened last year , we've received a great
deal of positive feedback from the women in Salford and we're
exceptionally proud of our team for the service they provide.
Celebrating the first year with the families who've used the
service is an honour and we look forward to the birth of many more
babies here in the future."
Salford and Eccles MP, Hazel Blears, said: "It was a pleasure to
join the hard-working birth centre staff and parents of the
children who have been born there to celebrate the centre's first
birthday. When it became clear the maternity unit at Salford
Royal would close we fought hard for this centre to ensure local
children could continue to be born in Salford.
"It was fantastic to hear from mums who have given birth at the
centre about the first-rate care they have received from the
wonderful midwives. People have been full of praise, thanks
and admiration for the service."
The families who attended the event were also full of praise for
the service and the care they received from the team. Joanne
Pritchard, 32 from Eccles, said: "Because my first son was born
here in Salford, I wanted Cameron to be born at the same place, not
in Bolton or Manchester; the room I gave birth in was actually the
same room! The day you have your child should be personal and
special and that's what I felt I could get here. If I'd have
had any doubt I wouldn't be looked after I wouldn't have come here;
but as soon as I was here I felt completely in safe hands - they're
Tanya O'Hora, 27, and mum to Finley, 8 months, said: "The birth
centre really was a home from home. I will definitely come
here for baby three!"
Sally Clemans who gave birth to her second son Charlie at the
birth centre said: "I loved it straight away! It was so
friendly and the care and attention I got was absolutely
amazing. I can't fault it and although I'm not planning
another baby, I'd come again in a heartbeat."