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‘Birth’ day tree

2022-05-05T13:14:28+01:00Thursday 5 May 2022|

A new ‘birth’ day tree has sprung into life on the delivery suite at Walsall’s Manor Hospital.

Once a baby is born, families are asked if they would like to add their baby’s name and date of birth on to a leaf on the tree.

Aqeela Hamilton, Deputy Labour Ward Manager and Team Leader, said the tree provided a visual reminder for staff of the families they have cared for each month.

She said: “We are really proud of our tree. It looks great and we like to look at it and see all the babies we have helped bring into the world.”

The unveiling of the tree coincides with International Day of the Midwife which is being celebrated across Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust today.

To mark the day the Trust has shared the stories and personal experiences of a number of midwives on social media, while also sharing photos and messages from local families who are extremely grateful for the efforts and dedication of the midwifery team.

One of the first to put a leaf on the tree was new mum Hannah Horton, 29, and dad Chris Horton from Hednesford.

Their daughter baby Rosie was born at 12.55pm on 3 May weighing 7lbs 7oz.

Hannah said: “I was born at the Manor so I wanted to come here to give birth.

“I was booked in for an induction, but was 3cm when I got here so after induction the labour was actually quite quick.

“The midwives have been brilliant and absolutely incredible. Always reassuring me.

“Putting a leaf on the tree was a nice way to celebrate that she’s finally here. She’s our first child. We’re really happy.”

The ‘birth’ day tree was funded through the Trust’s charity Well Wishers.

Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley said: “It’s been great working with the team and helping them, through the charity, implement ideas that enhances the families experience when using our Maternity Services”.

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