Successful Open Day at Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit


Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit held a very successful open day recently to celebrate it’s 5th birthday with over 100 people attending to view the unit where midwives showcased the services provided within it including Active Birth workshops, Hypnobirthing, Reflexology and Breastfeeding workshops.

The health improvement and smoking cessation midwives were on hand to explain their role within the team and other health professionals such as physiotherapists and members of St Johns Ambulance who teach neo-natal resuscitation were also on hand to give advice.

Within the South Eastern HSC Trust, there are 3 Midwife led units that have birthed more than 7,000 babies. Since Lagan Valley Midwife Led Unit opened, it has helped more than 984 mothers birth their babies. The unit is one of only two fully integrated midwifery services within Northern Ireland. The team of midwives and maternity support workers care for women before, during and after they have their babies. The unit also operates in a team midwifery model so that women can meet the midwives before they have their babies so that they can develop a relationship with them and provide continuity of care. The team in Lagan Valley also offer reflexology and hypnobirthing to women who are planning to birth their baby in the midwifery led unit. Breastfeeding workshops are offered weekly and recently a post-natal clinic has been introduced to offer flexibility to post-natal women. Women can self-refer to see the midwife and have her baby in the unit via the Trust's website by clicking here. 75% of women having their first baby in Lagan Valley midwifery led unit will have a normal birth and for subsequent pregnancies 95% will have a normal birth.

The Midwife Led Unit is designed for women who are fit and healthy in their first pregnancy or who have had no problems with previous pregnancies, and are assessed as low risk. Woman will be cared for in a fully equipped room where they will stay throughout labour, birth and until they go home. The environment and design is relaxed and pleasant to promote and assist normal childbirth. Facilities include bed settees which comfortably allow the woman’s birth partner to stay and give extra support to the new mother around the time of the birth of the baby.

If you wish to know more about the unit, contact the team directly on

Pictured top:  Mum Becki Hill pictured with her partner, Belfast Giants player Mark Garside, Baby Logan, Winnie Chambers, (Staff Midwife) and Emma Dyer (Staff Midwife)

Pictured above:  Anne-Marie Doran is pictured with Baby Daniel and Hannah McCauley (Midwifery Sister)

Becki Hill pictured with partner Belfast Giants player Mark Garside and Baby Logan

Aneta Nowak with baby Lilly and Claire Carson, Staff Midwife

Staff Midwife Ashley Jamison with Baby Alfie, Baby Ruby, Molly, Amanda Davidson & Pamela Skates

Cutting the cake to mark the 5th birthday is Hannah McCauley (Midwifery Sister), Lesley Page (President, Royal College of Midwives), Zoe Boreland (Head of Midwifery), Rosie Kelly (Asst. Director, Woman & Child Health), Fionnuala McCluskey (Head of Gynae Services & Lead Midwife) & Melanie Fitzpatrick (Maternity Team Lead)

The team from Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit cutting the cake with Lesley Page, President, Royal College of Midwives

Pic L/R: Melanie Fitzpatrick (Maternity Team Lead), Seana Talbot, (President, National Childbirth Trust), Breedagh Hughes (Director, Royal College of Midwives, Northern Ireland), Lesley Page (President, Royal College of Midwives)

Marta Peron with baby Lilly and Staff Midwife Joanne Maguire