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Midwives win award for holistic approach to birth

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A team of midwives from the North East has won a national award for their holistic maternity service.

Midwives from the Marton Suite – a low-dependency midwife-led unit – at The James Cook University Hospital on Teesside, have been named team of the year at the British Journal of Midwifery Practice Awards 2008.

The unit’s philosophy is to offer ‘holistic, family-centred, maternity care for women deemed to be low risk’ and women are respected and supported throughout labour and the early post-natal period.

Recent innovations at the unit include:
* providing an information evening twice a month for women and partners which covers many issues including anatomy of the pelvis and coping strategies
* staff using aromatherapy and massage with most women on the unit, mainly using lavender essential oil and grapeseed carrier oil
* trialling the use of meptid to aide the continued mobilisation of women in labour rather than pethidine, which causes more sedation

Yvonne Regan, central delivery suite manager at South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, said: ‘We really felt the team deserved recognition for the work that has been done to improve outcomes and satisfaction of the women so I’m absolutely delighted they have won this award – it is a credit to them.’

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