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First babies arrive at new Northumbria Birthing Centre

Thursday, 18 June, 2015
First babies arrive at new Northumbria Birthing Centre

Parents of two babies born in the Birthing Centre at the new Northumbria Hospital on the day it opened, Tuesday 16 June, have been presented with silver money boxes and flowers by midwives. 

Baby Theo David Callan from North Tyneside and baby Kiara Montgomery from Northumberland arrived in the early evening of Tuesday 16 June.  

Parents of baby Theo, Louise and David Callan, were delighted that their son, who weighed 8lb 14 ounces, has been born at the new state-of-the-art Birthing Centre and said “we can’t thank the midwives enough for their support.” 

Tammy Montgomery from Widdrington Station in Northumberland is proud mother of baby Kiara and said: “The unit is fantastic and so were the staff.”

Head of Midwifery for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Janice McNichol said:  “The birth of these new babies on the first day the Birthing Centre opened marks a milestone in maternity care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

“The number of mothers booking into our fantastic new facility is increasing month on month and we look forward to meeting them when they arrive here.   It is a special time and we want mothers-to-be to know that we will ensure they have a good experience with us at The Northumbria.”

The contemporary Birthing Centre at The Northumbria offers women and their partners the ultimate choice when it comes to deciding where to give birth with consultant-led care and midwifery-led care all available under the same roof.

The Birthing Centre includes 14 ensuite delivery rooms, two ensuite birthing pool rooms, 20 individual ensuite bedrooms, each with its own TV and reclining chair for partners to stay overnight and all with access to restaurant facilities open 24/7 for meals and snacks.  It also has specialist ‘Febromed’ equipment to help keep women both relaxed and mobile during labour and facilitate normal birth.

Northumbria’s highly-experienced midwifery team is on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the new Birthing Centre offering a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and home from home, natural birthing experience.

For women with high-risk pregnancies, unexpected complications, or who are experiencing difficulties during labour, a consultant obstetrician is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week, with a dedicated maternity theatre, special care baby unit and neonatal resuscitation all within close proximity in the purposely-designed maternity suite.

Pregnant women are now able to book at the new Birthing Centre @ Northumbria by calling 0191 6072018.


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