10 August 2018

Increase in births at Eastbourne Midwifery Unit

The number of births at Eastbourne Midwifery Unit has increased by almost 40% in April to July this year, compared with the corresponding period last year.

In total 116 babies have been born in this four month period. The increase reflects growing confidence in the unit and the excellent birthing experience provided to women and their families by the midwives on the unit.

Matron Marie Foreman with Midwives Denise Andrade and Cassie Holdsworth

Matron Marie Foreman with Midwives Denise Andrade and Cassie Holdsworth

The midwifery unit, run by midwives, offers a comfortable, relaxed and low-tech environment for women to give birth which so many find provide as a positive birthing experience.

Marie Foreman, Matron on the Midwifery Unit, said: “More and more women are choosing to have their babies in the midwifery unit in Eastbourne, but we would still like to encourage more. We receive many complimentary comments about the birthing experience we offer women. Any woman who has a low-risk pregnancy can give birth here, if they would like to find out more they can speak to their midwife or call us on 01323 414911. We’re happy to answer any questions they may have, and can also arrange for them to come in and have a look round the unit to see what we offer.”

The Eastbourne Midwifery Unit is one element of a wide range of maternity services available at Eastbourne DGH for women during their pregnancy, and when they have a baby. This includes an antenatal clinic, ultrasound scanning, the Early Pregnancy Unit, the Maternity Day Assessment Unit and the 24 hour Maternity Triage Service, along with the Midwifery Unit itself.