Over a hundred visitors braved a very hot evening and turned up for our second ever Maternity open day.
Although the event overlapped with a football World Cup semi-final, many local families, mothers and fathers-to-be, as well as local health professionals came to the L&D to find out more about all the services that are available at our maternity unit and meet our staff.
Our midwives took visitors through the choices available to the people choosing to have their baby with midwifery led care either in our Midwives Lead Birthing Unit or at their home. They also talked about the high risk obstetric led care we provide and our postnatal services. Visitors also enjoyed guided tours of the delivery suite and the midwife-led maternity unit, where a room was also set out to discuss their options for home births.
The “whose shoes” interactive workshop was also a success and was well attended, giving the Maternity department and the whole L&D plenty of useful feedback on how to develop the services they offer in line with the needs of the community.
Stella Roberts, Consultant Midwife at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital says:
“I would like to thank all the team who supported the event, for coming in to promote the maternity services and choices we offer at this Unit. As the first Consultant Midwife at L&D, I was pleased to give special thanks to David Carter, for not only supporting us at the event but with our work, granting him the title of ‘Honorary Midwife’ on the evening!
“I am also very grateful for Dr Rachel Rowe who joined us to speak about the latest research in midwifery. All in all, it was a wonderful evening, celebrating our services and engaging with the people using our services.”
The Maternity And Mothers Meeting dAy (MAMMA) took place on Wednesday 11th July from 5.30pm to 8pm in a marquee on the hospital grounds.