100th birth at Mater Midwifery Led Unit Belfast


The Maters Midwifery Led Unit has delivered its 100th baby

Today local keep fit enthusiast Cathy Clayton gave birth to a beautiful daughter at the Midwifery Led Unit at the Mater hospital, becoming the 100th baby delivered in the new unit.

Advised by her midwife to remain as active as she felt comfortable, Cathy even went hiking up Cavehill with husband Dessie yesterday hoping to encourage the start of labour. Just 24 hours later Cathy is pictured with her daughter in her arms looking from the Mater up to the very same hills.

Baby girl (as yet unnamed) was born at 9.12 am on the 3rd of January 2014 in one of the Mater’s 4 state of the art birthing suites incorporating birthing pools.  Weighing 8 lbs and 4 oz, she was a placid tranquil baby as she emerged from the water and opened her eyes for the first blurry picture of mum and dad.

Cathy said “ I am absolutely delighted with my birthing experience, the wonderful  midwifery led care, and  the water birth I have experienced in the new unit.

Baby Clayton will be going home later today to meet her older sisters - 5 of them!   

About the Midwifery Led Unit

The Mater Midwifery Led Unit opened its doors for business  at the end of  April 2013, and will be officially  opened later this month.

The newly refurbished unit boasts 4 state of the art birthing suites incorporating  three birthing pools, the suites have flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations and ensuite bathrooms.

Women and their families have access to their own kitchen and partners are encouraged to stay to provide support.

Midwives promote natural childbirth and encourage mums to remain as active as possible during their labours.