Extra special babies born at The Friarage Maternity Centre (FMC) have been given a star role – inviting mums to be to a forthcoming open day!
Women and families across Teesside and North Yorkshire who are expecting or planning for a baby in the future are welcome to attend the event, at The Friarage’s midwifery-led unit on Tuesday 24 January 2017.
The event aims to help women who live across the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust patch, including Teesside, Redcar & Cleveland and Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, make an informed choice on where to give birth to their child.
New mums Emily Stammers and Nicole Hoggart, who recently gave birth to their beautiful baby girls at The Friarage on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day respectively, say the Friarage Maternity Centre provided them with the relaxing and calm environment in which they wanted to bring their babies into the world.
Emily, 24, from Catterick Village, gave birth to daughter Bethany Eve on Christmas Day, supported by husband Stephen, 25.
She said: “I felt reassured and really well looked after and cared for the whole time I was at The Friarage.
“I know some people worry about having to be rushed to a consultant-led unit if needed, but when I brought this up with my midwife she completely reassured me that if the birth became more complicated and I had to travel to another hospital, I would be well looked after throughout the process and wouldn’t feel like it was all a whirlwind.
“I was told if anything went wrong, I would be accompanied in the ambulance by a caring, attentive midwife.”
The Friarage’s midwifery-led Maternity Centre is run by experienced midwives for pregnant women who are medically fit, have had a normal pregnancy and are at low risk of complications.
Deborah Hebblethwaite, Friarage Maternity Centre manager and experienced midwife, said: “We are opening the doors to the maternity centre next week to enable women from across Teesside and North Yorkshire to visit and get the information they need to make an informed choice about the best place for them to have their babies.
“Quite often, women assume they will give birth at the hospital that is closest to them and are unaware they have a choice in where they can have their baby.
“We would like to encourage expectant mums, or those planning a new addition to their family in the future, to come along and experience the welcoming, calming atmosphere at The Friarage that so many women and families comment on when they come through our doors.
“Talk to our staff and other mums who have given birth here, and then make an informed choice that is right for you.”
Nicole Hoggart, 20, of Northallerton, mum of Alyssia Rose Watson, who weighed 7lbs 12.5oz when she was born on New Year’s Day, added: “It was such a quiet and calm atmosphere at The Friarage and the midwives were lovely,” she said.
“The open day will be a good opportunity for mums to be across the area to go along and see what The Friarage Maternity Centre has to offer.”
Women and families are welcome to drop in to The Friarage Maternity Centre at any time between 10am and 2pm on Tuesday 24 January. Tea and cake will be provided.
For more information, contact Deborah Hebblethwaite via email to Deborah.Hebblethwaite@stees.nhs.uk