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Sinn Fein welcome green light for stand-alone midwife units

29 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has welcomed the announcement that stand-alone Midwife units have been given the green light.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"Sinn Fein have argued for the establishment of stand alone Midwife led maternity units for a considerable time.

"The development of these units has the potential to transform the birthing experience of mothers. It offers them greater control and say and should enable women to get even greater support throughout pregnancy.

"I would urge Trusts and Boards to rise to the challenge of developing these units within their area. It will allow the development maternity services closer to the home of expectant mothers." ENDS

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