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First newborn at Downe Hospital a very welcome sign of the times - Ruane

26 March, 2010 - by Caitríona Ruane


Sinn Féin MLA for South Down Caitriona Ruane has stated that the birth of the first baby at the new purpose built midwifery unit at Downe Hospital in Downpatrick is a sign of the times and that it will be the first of many happy moment in the unit.

Speaking today Ms Ruane said:

“The birth of the first baby at the new midwifery unit is fantastic news. Everyone is glad to hear that both mother and baby are doing well and I’d like to commend the staff of the unit for their tremendous work.

“This unit, which was pioneered by Bairbre de Brún when she was health minister, is a sign of the times and a first class service for people in south Down and the surrounding area. This unit has provided, proven high quality care that should alleviate much of the inconvenience for expectant mothers who might otherwise have travel to Belfast.

“Midwifery led units are examples of how medical staff with acute knowledge can empower new mothers in giving birth naturally and without intervention. This is an innovative approach to childbirth that will hopefully in the future, be replicated in many other areas.”

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