2016 News

2016 News items appear below:

Why it's important to protect yourself and your baby by getting the flu vaccine.

Two Midwives complete Charity Skydive to raise funds for long stay patients.

Announcing the name chosen by you for the Alongside Midwifery Led Unit (AMLU),
in RJMS - ABC.

Maternity & Neonatal Website Survey - We need your views on our website


We are now delighted to offer women the opportunity to deliver in our Alongside Midwifery Led Unit
(AMLU), in RJMS.

Get Involved


We want to improve our services through meaningful involvement with you, if you have
received Maternity or Neonatal care with us you can get involved by:

The Maternity Services staff send their congratulations to Brenda Kelly on gaining her MSc with
commendation in 'Interprofessional Health and Social Care Management' which she successfully
completed in June 2016.

Congratulations to Practice Educator Gillian Morrow, on attaining her MSc

2 Sisters have delivered in the Midwifery Led Unit within weeks of each other.

This year National Breastfeeding Celebration week is extended to include 2 weekends. The Belfast Health and Social care
rust are keen to raise awareness of the health and wellbeing benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, their infants and the long
term public health for everyone.   

On 21st June 2016, Belfast Trust officially launched our new website for Maternity and Neonatal services.  This new site
contains a wealth of information and resources for patients and professionals on the local and regional specialist services
Belfast Trust provides for maternity and neonatal services.

Many Congratulations and best wishes to our recently retired Co-Director, Maternity and Women's Health, Elizabeth Maria
Bannon who was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for years of service to Health and Social Care.

Pre-eclampsia Awareness Month

This month is recognised regionally as 'Pre-eclampsia Awareness Month' and gives us an opportunity to increase awareness
of Pre-eclampsia and the complication HELLP Syndrome. 

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy related 
hypertensive disorder which affects between 2 and 8 in every 100 women during pregnancy.

HELLP Syndrome is defined by RCOG as 'A combined liver and blood clotting disorder which is a complication of

Click here to view the RCOG Pre-eclampsia leaflet.

Happy 3rd Birthday to the Mater Midwife-Led Unit where the midwifery team have welcomed 551 babies since opening in 2013.

Women can now self refer into the BHSCT Maternity Service without having to visit their GP or Community Midwife. 
Follow this link to access the Self Referral booking form
Please note that this form must be printed off before completion and may be returned via email or by post.

Maternity staff are supporting the charity 'Action against Breast Cancer' in their latest project by donating old wearable bras. The funds raised will contribute towards funding research for a vaccine as well as looking at ways to increase survival rates. 

There will be 'bra banks' located in the Royal-Jubilee Maternity Hospital in which to deposit these.

For further information, please click here.

Midwife Jean Greer has just graduated with a PHD from Queens University. Her Thesis was ‘An exploration of childbirth related
anxieties and fears amongst women and men in Northern Ireland.’  

The Belfast Trust offers free and confidential support to all pregnant mothers who smoke. It is important that every mother
knows that protecting her baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your baby a healthy start in
life. It can be a very difficult decision to make and a hard thing to follow through, but with advice and support it can be
done and this helps to reduce risk for the pregnancy.

Don’t give up giving up!



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