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22nd September 2020

2,000th baby born at Eastbourne Midwifery Unit

The midwifery team at Eastbourne Midwifery Unit (EMU) are celebrating after the 2000th baby was born in the unit – Ottilie Jaye Tuson was born weighing in at 6lbs 11oz or 3.03kg to proud parents Emily Lawrence and Matthew Tuson.

Baby Ottilie Jaye Tuson with Mum, Emily Lawrence and Dad, Matthew Tuson

Baby Ottilie Jaye Tuson with Mum, Emily Lawrence and Dad, Matthew Tuson

Emily Lawrence said: “We weren’t sure if we would be able to have Ottilie at Eastbourne Midwifery Unit as they were closed recently due to the pandemic. Luckily they reopened just in time for her arrival. It was the most wonderful experience and we are so happy about our choice to deliver there. We could not have asked for a more calm and relaxing birth and Amy our midwife was amazing. Everyone was so warm and friendly you didn’t feel like you were in a hospital. We would highly recommend it to anyone debating on where to deliver their baby.”

Acting Matron, Denise Andrade said: “We are thrilled that 2000 babies have been born at the Eastbourne Midwifery Unit, and are happy to celebrate this milestone with Emily, Mathew and their family. We would like to thank all the families that have supported us since we opened in May 2013 and during the temporary suspension of births at the unit. We are delighted that the Eastbourne Midwifery Unit is becoming the first choice for many families in the local area.”

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. Any woman who has a low-risk pregnancy can give birth Eastbourne Midwifery Unit, if they would like to find out more they can speak to their midwife or call (01323) 414911. Midwives will be happy to answer any questions and can also arrange for women and their partner to come in and have a look round the unit to see what the Unit offers.

The Midwifery unit at Eastbourne 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 the 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.

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