A first-time mum has spoken of her “amazing” experience when she had her baby at Berwick Maternity Unit.
The unit reopened its doors for births this summer, almost a year after services were suspended. And new mum Emily Ord is just one of many to benefit.
Emily feels that giving birth to Sophia Alice could not have been better because of the one-to-one support she received from the Berwick midwives.
The 26-year-old from 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,” Emily said. “Paula Thomas, my midwife, never left my side and the one-on-one care included my husband David which was so important.
“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.
“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 - including an on-call service - to enable low-risk women to, once again, give birth in the town.Emily called the on-call midwives early in the morning when her contractions became more regular and arranged to meet them at the unit. She was the first woman to use the new birthing pool during her labour.
Baby Sophia arrived at 11.55am on August 29, weighing 7lbs 1½oz. 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. The family went into the unit the next day for Emily to receive breastfeeding 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.”
Janice McNichol, head of midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Providing one-to-one care in a relaxed and friendly environment is the true essence of midwifery-led care. We are so pleased that our approach meant so much to Emily on such a special occasion.”