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Having A Christmas Baby?

nother busy week at Liverpool Women's Hospital. Part of my week was spent with staff in our Midwifery Led Unit.  The staff on MLU are always so positive and full of energy and ideas for improvements that they can make to better support the 2,500 women who give birth in the low-risk Midwifery Led Unit at our hospital.  The MLU is located next to our main Delivery Suite which cares for the more medium to high risk pregnancies that we inevitably have at this hospital due to the specialist nature of our services. I visited our Maternity Assessment Unit which is open 24/7 and is the reception and assessment point for all pregnant women, who are then allocated to the most appropriate unit for their delivery or discharged home if they are not in labour.

Friday morning was spent shadowing Dr Liz Adams, Consultant Urogynaecologist.  I had a fascinating morning and met some delightful patients. 

A massive thank you to Lee and Andrea Smith. I have spoken about them in previous blogs. Lee and Andrea have commenced fundraising for our hospital in memory of their baby boy, who lost his fight for life earlier this year.  Lee and Andrea have joined the ranks of many other families who are grateful for the care that our staff gave to them and their little boy at such a difficult time and have begun fundraising for our hospital. They raised over £2000 in 10 days which they presented to us on Friday. Thank you both for your support, it is always a pleasure to meet with you.

A big thank you also to St Anne's School in Stockport who raised £650 with a sports pentathlon afternoon. The school wanted to raise money for us after their teacher's babies, Grace and George were born prematurely and cared for on our Neonatal Unit.

Friday evening was our annual staff ball at the fabulous St George's Hall in Liverpool City Centre.  The theme this year was a Winter Wonderland.  Our staff work incredibly hard every day of the year and it is always so nice to see so many of them looking spectacular in their evening attire and having a really good time.  A big thank you to the small team of people who organise the ball and ensure that everyone has a great night.

At Liverpool Women's we get approached each week by many TV companies who want to film at the hospital. At the moment there are opportunities for our staff and patients to get involved with the One Show who are interested in doing a nativity themed piece about someone who is due to give birth on Christmas Day. If you know someone who is due to give birth on Christmas Day and would be interested in getting involved, contact our Communications Team on 0151 702 4018, or send them a message via twitter. There is also an opportunity to appear on TV if our Hewitt Fertility Centre helped you get the baby you always dreamed of in 2013.  Again, please call 0151 702 4018 for more information.

by Kathryn Thomson

Chief Executive

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