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Emily’s “amazing” birthing experience in Berwick

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Emily’s “amazing” birthing experience in Berwick

A first-time mum has spoken of her “amazing” experience having her baby in Berwick Maternity Unit.

Emily Ord, 26, said giving birth to Sophia Alice could not have been better because of the excellent care and one-to-one support she received from the Berwick midwives.

Emily, of Berwick, said she felt reassured and completely at ease throughout because she had built a close relationship with the midwives during her pregnancy.

“The birth was the most amazing experience – so personal,” said Emily.

“Paula Thomas, my midwife, never left my side and the one-on-one care included my husband David which was so important, particularly as it was our first child.

“I didn’t feel worried about anything and the midwives being there was like having family in the room. I’d got to know them really well during my pregnancy and that made such a big difference at the birth.“

Emily had all her antenatal appointments in Berwick and attended aqua natal classes run by the midwives to help expectant mums stay fit and healthy in the lead-up to the birth.

She said: “It was the best experience I could have had – it couldn’t have been better if I’d gone private. I can’t praise the midwives enough.”

New arrangements were put in place in July to enable low-risk women to, once again, give birth in the town.

The midwifery-led unit is open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2.30pm at weekends for regular antenatal and postnatal clinics, with a 24/7 on-call service for low-risk women who wish to deliver at the unit or at home.

Emily called the on-call midwives early in the morning when her contractions become more regular and arranged to meet the midwives at the unit to prepare for the birth. She was the first woman to use the unit’s new birthing pool during her labour which she said helped to relieve pain.

She gave birth at 11.55am on 29 August – five minutes before she was due to have her antenatal appointment at the unit.

Emily went home six hours after the birth with a programme of enhanced community support in place to help her and her husband care for Sophia, who weighed 7lbs 1½oz when she was born, during the first few days.

The family came into the unit the next day in order for Emily to receive support to help her breastfeed. She said she would have given up if she had not received the specialist support.

Emily said: “Everything you need when you’re pregnant, when you’re giving birth and after you have your baby is right here in Berwick and it’s so important to have this fantastic facility available for local women.

“I would encourage any woman to have their baby in Berwick if they’re able to.”

Janice McNichol, head of midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Berwick Maternity Unit, said: “We are delighted to hear of Emily’s experience in our unit in Berwick and wish her, David and Sophia all the very best.

“Providing one-to-one personal care in a relaxed and friendly environment is the true essence of midwifery-led care and we are so pleased that our approach meant so much to Emily on such a special occasion.

“Our midwives are passionate about delivering exceptional care and are there for women having a baby in Berwick every step of the way.”

The unit’s delivery suite has been fully refurbished to house the new state-of-the-art birthing pool offering local women the very best care and support from Berwick’s highly-skilled midwives.

To find out more about midwifery-led care in Berwick, speak to the team on 01289 356622.