1000th baby of 2017 born in PCH Midwifery Led Birthing Unit

1000th baby of 2017 born in City Hospital’s Midwifery Led Birthing Unit

Baby Majid pictured with family members
Baby Majid pictured with family members - photograph with thanks to the Peterborough Telegraph

Christmas Day saw the birth of the 1000th baby of 2017 on the alongside Midwifery Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) at Peterborough City Hospital. The baby boy who is named Majid, was born at 12:29pm.

The MLBU facilitates women to have their babies in a relaxing non-clinical environment. The unit consists of four individual birthing rooms with the additional facility of a birthing pool. There is also a range of equipment available to promote active natural birth in a home-from-home environment.

Fran Stephens, Divisional Head of Midwifery and Nursing said: “This is such an exciting time for the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit. Since the unit began triaging separately from the delivery suite the number of births within the MLBU has significantly increased, with 956 babies born on the unit in 2016, an increase from 894 births in 2015. This equates to 20% of our total births and is a wonderful achievement. By encouraging women to birth in a low risk, home from home environment, we are promoting active birth which in turn helps to prevent unnecessary intervention.” 

“Nine babies in total were born at Peterborough City Hospital on Christmas Day with staff truly entering the spirit of Christmas. If you are pregnant and would like more information on the MLBU, please speak with your midwife.”