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Royal College of Midwives Praises Maternity Staff

Posted on Monday 26th September 2011

The Director of the Royal College of Midwives, Jacque Gerrard, visited Penrith Birthing Centre as part of its celebrations for its eighth anniversary and praised the staff for the outstanding care they provide to babies and parents.

Over the past eight years, the Birth Centre has provided care to 3,938 expectant mothers and delivered 619 healthy babies. The staff at the midwifery-led unit has a philosophy which nurtures the belief that, for the majority of women, childbirth is a very natural, normal process. The 16-strong team have over 200 years combined experience of caring for and supporting families through the exciting experience of pregnancy, birth and the early days of parenthood.

The staff held a week-long celebration for its eighth anniversary which included hosting open days and offering advice sessions to prospective parents on a range of topics such as breast feeding.

Mrs Gerrard visited the Centre to meet the midwives and spoke to recent mums who had benefitted from the services they provide.

She said: “I had a lovely visit to Penrith Birth Centre and enjoyed meeting the midwives and maternity support workers and mums.

“One of the highlights was the Breast Feeding picnic and meeting the mums and babies. It was obvious the high standards of care you provide the mums with as they were so full of positive stories from the antenatal care to labour and post natal follow up support. Your breast feeding initiation and continuation rates are a result of the high standards of breast feeding care you provide and you must be very proud.

“The Royal College of Midwives uses these visits and quotes Birth Centres like Penrith when talking with the Department of Health and when lobbying MPs and ministers regarding the importance of investment in maternity services.

“Many congratulations to you and the team. Keep up the excellent work and please invite me back any time.”