Maternity Unit open day

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An open day is being held at the Arbroath Community Maternity Unit today (Thursday) to promote the range of services on offer at Angus maternity units.

The open day will provide an opportunity to meet members of the Angus midwifery team and learn about the services offered including water births, relaxation classes, self-hypnosis and the new aromatherapy service.

Members of the midwifery team will be on hand to chat with visitors, answer questions and give tours of the unit. Children are welcome, and face painting and craft activities will be available throughout the day, along with refreshments and home baking.

Angus midwifery team leader Iona Duckett said: “We are excited for as many people as possible to come along, meet the midwifery team and our volunteers and hear about the facilities and services we offer. The community maternity units in Arbroath and Montrose are midwife-led services offering care to women throughout pregnancy, birth and into the postnatal period.

“Our Forfar midwives provide care to pregnant and postnatal mums and babies and women from Forfar and the surrounding area can choose to have their babies in either Montrose or Arbroath maternity units. We also support home births across Angus and are happy to discuss this with prospective parents.”

She added: “The Angus maternity team runs informative parent education classes, weekly relaxation classes and a new aromatherapy massage service to help women who are overdue go into labour. The initial feedback has been very positive and early results suggest that it is helping more mums to have natural labours and births.”

Although visitors can drop in at any time during the open day, there will be a set programme of activities which will begin at 3 p.m. and repeated at 4 p.m.

The programme is: 3 p.m., welcome to the unit; 3.15, unit tour including birthing pool area; 3.30, aromatherapy taster; 3.45, yoga and relaxation taster.

For more information about the open day, or maternity services, please ‘phone 01241 822537 or 01674 623401.