MORE mums than expected gave birth at Solihull’s new maternity unit, which celebrated its first birthday last week.
In the 12 months since the department opened, 321 babies were delivered by the midwives at Solihull Hospital.
Although this exceeds the target of 300, it’s still a fraction of the 2,700 delivered under the old doctor-led unit.
In addition, there were 80 mums who had to be transferred from Solihull to Heartlands when complications arose.
Joy Payne, head of midwifery, said: “The transfer rate is about what was expected in the first year.
“Looking at what’s happened at similar units, this should drop in future as our team become more experienced.”
Under current arrangements, the unit could handle a maximum of 500 births a year.
Last Thursday, 321 balloons were released outside Solihull Hospital to mark the end of the unit’s first year and a celebratory cake was cut by Abie Odusote, one of the first mums to have her child in the birthing suite.
Elsie Gayle, chair of the women’s Health Action Group, told the Solihull News she was pleased: “The decision to downgrade was very controversial, but it wasn’t safe to carry on as things were.”