Two very special young guests will officially open Inverclyde Royal Hospital’s refurbished £300,000 Community Maternity Unit (CMU), where they both started life.
Erin O’Rourke (6), a pupil at St Ninian’s Primary School in Greenock, was the first baby born at the unit, and she will join Anna Murray (4), another CMU baby, to unveil a plaque commemorating the new-look facility.
The Murray family have another close link with the unit, Anna’s mum Julie Murray is one of the midwives.
As part of the refurbishment a £40,000 birthing pool has been installed, together with a £25,000 ultrasound suite.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, who will co-open the CMU with Erin and Anna, said:
“I’m delighted that Anna is able to return to the CMU and take part in the opening. The CMU is run by a team of highly skilled and experienced midwives and offers women and their families a homely and relaxed environment in which to deliver their babies.
“In fact the unit has already celebrated two landmarks. In July the birthing pool was ‘christened’ by its first birth and last month staff were celebrating the unit’s 100th delivery.”
So far this year 110 babies have been born at the CMU, compared to 92 last year, as increasing numbers of Inverclyde mothers choose to deliver at their local maternity unit.
The birthing pool was one of the first pieces of equipment to be installed as part of the refurbishment, which also offers ante and post-natal services such as clinics, ultrasound scanning, and early pregnancy services.
Rosslyn Crocket, NHSGGC’s Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, said: “We are extremely pleased at the continuing success of the CMU and the word is obviously spreading around the community reflected by the fact that more and more mums are booking in to have their babies.
“The growing numbers are also a tribute to the dedicated team who have provided a lovely and relaxed environment for women to give birth.”
The midwives also build up a close relationship with many of the mums, as Inverclyde’s lead midwife Betty Adair explained:
“We look after the women from the beginning of their pregnancy right through to supporting them in the period after birth with infant feeding and care of their baby.
“As a result we get to know the women really well and this emotional as well as practical support makes a huge difference to the mums.”
Caption – left to right are Cara O’Rourke (7), Anna Murray (4) and Erin O’Rourke (6).
For further information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429