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Call the Midwife star is guest of honour at Maternity Unit's first birthday in Inverurie.


By David Porter


Inverurie Maternity Unit welcomed some very special guests today as it celebrated its first birthday.

Mums and babies from year one at Inverurie Maternity Unit were joined by Call the Midwife's Laura Main to celebrate the unit's birthday.
Mums and babies from year one at Inverurie Maternity Unit were joined by Call the Midwife's Laura Main to celebrate the unit's birthday.

Little ones from across the north-east returned to the NHS Grampian facility which has now been fully operational for a year to celebrate the big day, including the first child born there Cruz Smith.

Midwife team leader Jude Falconer said: "It means a lot to us that all the mums and little ones have taken the time out today to come and share in our birthday.

"We are extremely privileged to have Laura Main aka Shelagh Turner from the BBC's Call the Midwife with us here today.

"We couldn't be more delighted to have her here today.

"I am also delighted that the team that have delivered the babies over the course of our first year are here today as well.

"The unit to date has helped to deliver 146 babies in our first year since we opened.

"We welcome mums from each month who have joined us today including Yolanda Smith and Cruz who was the first child born here."

Commenting during her visit Laura Main said: "It's lovely to be here today, it is so great to see this amazing facility in Inverurie.

"It gives women a choice to give birth closer to home and I know some people do travel from further to use the facilities here because they are so good.

"To see how things are in this day and age, its amazing.

"On screen we're on series nine and we've covered 1957 to 1965 and the changes there to midwifery are showing on screen as we're seeing more hospital births starting to become the norm in the series.

Mum Debbie Strachan with son Innis Norrie, Laura Main and midwife Val Shields.
Mum Debbie Strachan with son Innis Norrie, Laura Main and midwife Val Shields.

She added: "One of the biggest compliments to the show is that it is loved by midwives, and that's testament to our advisor Terri Coates who has been with us since day one and inspired the memoires.

Meeting real midwives I get a great deal of pleasure from speaking with them and its always a treat to see all the little ones.

"It is lovely coming into any unit as they are always such happy places."



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