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Maternity unit staff celebrate their own ‘baby boom’

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The maternity department at Darent Valley Hospital in Kent has generated its very own baby boom with 25 members of staff giving birth to children of their own in just over a year.

From February last year to April this year, a total of 25 midwives and support workers from the unit gave birth to 26 babies, including a set of twins – with many receiving care from colleagues.

“The maternity department has seen an incredible baby boom among its staff”

Deborah McAllion

But the baby boom does not stop there, with two more midwives expecting and due to give birth this summer.

Most of the mothers, children and mums-to-be from the unit gathered to have their photo taken to mark International Day of the Midwife this Friday on 5 May.

“The maternity department has seen an incredible baby boom among its staff and we thought this was a great way to show off our 25 maternity staff who have had babies in the last 12 months or are soon to have babies,” said head of midwifery Deborah McAllion.

“This is a great example that midwives always practice what they preach,” she noted.

The photoshoot was the brainchild of delivery suite co-ordinator Kelly Gray, who gave birth to her daughter Chloe in September last year.

Managers at Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust said it was the perfect way to celebrate the achievements of staff, as well as the contribution of midwifery staff the world over.

The theme of this year’s International Day of the Midwife is “Midwives, mothers and families – partners for life”.

Many of the group had their care provided by a combination of community and hospital midwives and the obstetric team at Darent Valley.

“This is testament to the trust and faith that the staff have in their colleagues and friends to provide the best care possible with the end result a positive birth experience,” said a trust spokeswoman.

“Most of the mums gave birth to their babies at Darent Valley Hospital with a few being out of area or choosing home births,” she added.

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

Maternity unit staff celebrate their own ‘baby boom’

Source: Jez Hughes

Left to Right: Rebecca Bartholomeusz with Sophie, the oldest baby born 29/02/16; Labour Ward Lead midwife Mel Henderson with the youngest baby, Charlotte Garner born 01/04/17; Emma Ridley with the heaviest baby, Jacob, 9lb 3oz at birth; and Inpatient Maternity Services Manager Kerry Bardoe with the smallest baby, Rosie, 4lb 9oz at birth.

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