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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 the experts!"

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."