Midwife Led Unit celebrates 1000th baby


The Midwife Led Unit (MLU), at the Mater Hospital Belfast, delivered their 1000th baby on 3rd January when Christine and Johnathan McGrandle welcomed their new addition, Spencer, to the family.

This milestone birth occurred just a few months short of the fifth anniversary of the unit opening, with this latest achievement evident that the service is meeting the needs of healthy expectant mothers choosing midwifery led care.

The MLU opened its doors on 29th April 2013 and the number of births have increased yearly. The unit provides women with the choice of a home from home experience for labour and childbirth. It has been especially designed with birthing suites, all with pools and private bathrooms and luxury items like flat screen televisions and iPod docking stations. The Unit also has bed settees in each bedroom that encourages the partner to stay overnight to help with the development of parenting skills. This calm and supportive environment promotes normal birth and mobilisation in labour, thereby improving outcomes for mother and baby.

In 2017, 267 babies were born in the MLU, however, a significant number of women are also provided with their ante natal care, on this site. To further enhance women’s experience of the MLU, the midwives have undertaken additional training in alternative therapies including Reflexology and Hypnobirthing which are proving popular options for women. Water births are also particularly popular in this MLU with over 50% of women choosing to give birth in the pools.

Chairman Peter McNaney congratulated the MLU on reaching this milestone and extended his congratulations to Christine and Jonathan on the birth of their son Spencer, who was the 1000th baby born in the unit. He paid tribute to the excellent level of care provided by the staff in the modern facilities, for all their hard work and support, which contributed to the unit’s success.

If you would like to learn more about the Maternity Led Unit or would like to take a tour please click here.