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Hospitals' Community Maternity Units Go On-Line

August 17, 2009 4:26 PM

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Special websites highlighting services available from the Community Maternity Units (CMUs) at the Vale of Leven and Inverclyde Royal Hospitals has been launched today.

Local mums-to-be will be able to visit the website at www.nhsggc.org.uk/cmu to “virtually” meet the midwives, hear first hand from mothers who chose to deliver their babies at the unit, access information leaflets, take a virtual tour of the unit or even book their own personal visit.

The website development is part of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) commitment, announced last year, to undertake a full marketing campaign to increase awareness about the option of giving birth in the local midwife-led unit.

Betty Adair, the Clinical Lead Midwife who manages both units, said: “The local CMUs are held in high regard and we know that what local women want most is the ability to access local facilities for the birth of their child. A significant number are also keen to have the option of a midwife-led birth.

“What this website will do is provide information at their finger-tips and hopefully answer all parents’ questions in the Q and A section.”

At CMUs mums are encouraged to be active for as long as possible before their delivery and have the options of using a birthing pool, birthing mats balls and birthing stools to help them control pain.

Betty went on: “Massage, relaxing music, breathing techniques and the birthing pool can make all the difference, but if these are not enough women can have gas and air, and, if appropriate, pethidine to help make contractions less painful.

“But before giving birth the midwife will spend time discussing these options with the mums to help them overcome any worries and fears.”

Notes to Editors:
Midwives will be regularly updating the websites and will also welcome feedback from mums who deliver at the units to share their experiences of a CMU birth with mothers-to-be and to suggest new content.

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.
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