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More births could bring a rebirth of baby unit
9:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
GETTING more mothers to give birth at a maternity unit is the key to keeping it open, according to a Member of Parliament.
Bernard Jenkin, MP for Harwich and North Essex, met with Harwich Town Council to discuss concerns about the unit’s future on Friday.
He believes that attracting more mothers to Harwich to have their babies would mean midwives are occupied and take stress off those at Colchester General Hospital.
“Everyone who wants to a baby in Harwich should be able to apart from high risk cases who have to go to Colchester,” Mr Jenkin explained.
“Why do some few come to Harwich to have their babies? There is absolutely no reason why the catchment area could not be wider.
A spokesman for Colchester Hospital University Trust added: “Every pregnant woman in north east Essex is made aware of all the birthplace options that are available to them, including the maternity unit at The Fryatt Hospital, Harwich.
“We tell women the advantages of each option, and our staff are always happy to discuss them however, the choice is ultimately down to each woman.”