Stroud Maternity Unit – still delivering at 60

12.2.13

Staff at Stroud Maternity Unit have got an extra spring their step this March as they celebrate 60 years since the well loved local unit opened its doors.

On 30th March  this year, the midwife-led centre – often described as a ‘centre of excellence’ – will mark 60 years of caring for women across the county in pregnancy, at birth, and with post-birth care.

The celebration is timely, as the unit is due to undergo a make-over with Government funds earmarked to improve local maternity services. The Department of Health funding means the Trust can create three new en-suite birthing rooms in the unit, where women can labour and give birth to their baby as well as recover afterwards.

Two of the rooms will include birthing pools. The upgrade will also mean that partners are able to stay overnight following birth.

Dympna Vaughan, one of the lead midwives at Stroud Maternity Unit said:

 “We would love anyone celebrating their 60th birthday this year, and who was born in Stroud, to get in touch with us and share in this diamond anniversary. We hope to mark the occasion with a special photograph to grace the new look building.”

“It’s a perfect birthday present,” adds Dympna. “We’re an old unit with a great history in the town, but we are moving with the times and evolving. Women and partners want different services, but they still want good, old fashioned care as well. We aim to provide both.”

Celebrations include a 50’s style tea party for old friends and staff, and a ‘Call the Midwife’ style bicycle ride through Stroud town to mark the day itself.

Former staff members as well as those who celebrate their diamond birthdays can get in touch by emailing stroud60@glos.nhs.uk

We would also love to hear from anyone who has special memories of their time at the unit, so please get in touch to share your experiences.  Look out for more Stroud60 information on twitter @gloshospitals and on our facebook page.