YOUNG babies, proud parents and excited midwifery staff were reunited on Tuesday as West Suffolk Hospital celebrated the first anniversary of its new birthing unit.
All 30 born on the hospital’s £470,000 midwifery-led birthing unit (MLBU) in November last year were invited to return to join in with its birthday celebrations.
For Harry Nunn, the first child born on the MLBU, the day marked an extra special occasion as he also celebrated his first birthday.
His expectant mother Lisa Le Tissier, who will soon be the first to have two babies born on the unit, said its en suite rooms created a relaxed atmosphere.
His father Justin Nunn said: “The staff were so nice, friendly and helpful.”
Patricia Davis, head of midwifery, said the ‘fantastic’ unit offered women, who did not want to give birth at home or on a high risk unit, the choice of a different place of birth, with bedroom-like rooms, ‘proper beds’, equipment hidden in cupboards and no intervention.
“The facilities are very much like a home from home,” she said.