More than 5,000 babies born at Stevenage unit

MORE than 5,000 babies have been born at a maternity unit, in its first year since opening.

Officially opened by the Queen in June of this year, the �16.5m Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit at the Lister Hospital has seen 5,344 children born including 94 sets of twins.

Around 10 per cent of mothers chose to have a water birth and almost a third of the youngsters were born in the midwife-led unit.

Head of midwifery Christine Bell said: “It’s been an amazing year – the team are working well together, we have a fabulous new building and we’re having no problems attracting new midwives.

“We’ve also made some real financial savings thanks to being on one site.

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“We’ve had some really positive feedback from mothers using our services from all over the region including east and south Hertfordshire.”

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