The New Forest Birth Centre Fundraiser – Lymington Press

MIDWIVES in the region have come together to celebrate the profession and raise £760 to help support new birthing services. In 1992, the annual International Day of the Midwife was established to honour their work across the world. To celebrate the day this year, The Naked Midwives hosted an afternoon garden party for current and past midwives and new parents and expectant parents at the New Forest Birth Centre in Ashurst. The Naked Midwives is a local company that provides comprehensive antenatal and new parent education classes in venues through the New Forest and Dorset. Over 100 people turned up to view the birth centre, meet the staff and browse a range of products and services for parents. The event featured a bespoke mocktail bar, vintage ice-cream cart, bunting and hay bales. A raffle was also held to help raise the funds needed to provide a new aromatherapy service for the birth centre and Broadlands, the low risk birth centre at Princess Anne Hospital. The event was officially opened by Sister Kay Duggan, who has recently retired from Southampton’s Princess Anne Maternity Unit after being a midwife for over 40 years, and starred in Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute. She said that while the role has changed considerably over the years, the hard work, commitment and high level of care provided by every midwife has not. Joint owners of The Naked Midwives, Alex Williams and Samantha Pantlin, said: “It’s so important that midwives are recognised for the hard work and commitment they put in — plus it gives us and the staff at The New Forest Birth Centre a chance to see some of the babies and new parents we have looked after.” One couple who had recently completed a course by The Naked Midwives said: “Without their advice, support and guidance, I don’t think I would have emotionally or physically managed the feat that is childbirth.” Further details about The Naked Midwives and the range of classes available can be found at

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