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Baby Robert arrives at Berwick Maternity Unit

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Baby Robert arrives at Berwick Maternity Unit

As the nation awaits the arrival of the Royal baby, one family in Berwick are celebrating the very special arrival of their own little treasure.

Baby Robert Brown was born at 6.22am, weighing 7lb 13oz, on Monday 15 July at Berwick Maternity Unit and is the first baby to be born there since new on call arrangements came into place on 1 July.

Proud parents Aimee Tomlin (28) and Russell Brown (34) both from Berwick-upon-Tweed used the new on call system for the arrival of baby Robert.  Aimee called the midwives at Wansbeck General Hospital just before 5am who quickly alerted the on call team for Berwick – within minutes the Berwick midwives arrived at the unit and baby Robert was welcomed into the world at 6.22am.

Commenting on her experience proud mum Aimee said: “The new on call system worked very smoothly and I have had fantastic care from the Berwick midwives.  I felt very reassured to know that the midwives were immediately on hand at the unit and I have had nothing but exceptional care.”

Baby Robert joins two brothers, Nathan (6) and Llayton (4) and a sister Savannah (2).  Mum Aimee will be discharged from Berwick Maternity Unit when the unit closes at 6pm today (Monday 15 July) and will be supported by midwives visiting her at home to provide postnatal care.

Head of Midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Janice McNichol, said: “We are delighted to welcome little Robert into the world and it is really positive to hear that the new on call system for Berwick worked so smoothly.  We are all really pleased that births are again up and running in the town and I know our team of midwives in Berwick look forward to delivering many more babies in the future.”

From 1 July, new arrangements were put in place by NHS Northumberland Commissioning Group (CCG) at Berwick Maternity Unit to provide a safe and sustainable model of round-the-clock maternity care.  The unit is now open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2.30pm at weekends, with a 24/7 on-call service for low-risk women who wish to deliver at the unit or at home.

Women who give birth in the unit will be discharged based upon their clinical need and there will be no overnight discharges unless a new mother wishes to go home and is well enough to do so.

As part of the new model of care, Berwick midwives will continue to work at Wansbeck General Hospital on a rotational basis to ensure they are able to regularly practise their full range of skills and get experience of different types of deliveries.

Mums-to-be in Berwick will also soon be able to benefit from a new state-of-the-art birthing pool which is due to be installed in the coming weeks thanks to funding secured by the Trust from the Department of Health.