The Royal College of Midwives’ Chief Executive made a visit to Eastbourne Midwifery Unit last week
Professor Cathy Warwick gave a presentation about what such units can offer to users, volunteers and professionals who work with pregnant women at Eastbourne DGH on Friday (July 19).
More than 30 people attended the event including midwives, National Childbirth Trust counsellors, Breastfeeding Peer Supporters and representatives from local women’s focus groups and the Maternity Services Liaison Committee.
Becky Collins, Midwifery Matron on the Unit, said, “The aim of today’s event was to get accurate information out there to those who work with pregnant women, so they understand the benefits of a midwifery unit and can help us to encourage local pregnant women to give birth here.
“We did invite some of the people who have been critical of the recent changes to maternity services so they could find out a bit more about what we are doing here and it’s a shame they weren’t able to make it, but otherwise we were delighted with the number who attended.”
Professor Warwick added, “It is fabulous that the Midwifery Unit in Eastbourne is up and running and it was a pleasure to see such enthusiasm and motivation amongst the midwives. I’m sure that local women will see that this is a wonderful service and flock to it.”