Maternity Services News

Foetal Alcohol Campaign

WHO’S out drinking with you tonight? That is the question being asked to pregnant mothers across Dumfries and Galloway.

As part of a region-wide campaign, a reminder is being highlighted to avoid alcohol if you are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway is the first Board in Scotland to lead on this campaign.
Natalie Potts, Specialist Midwife, said: “The current situation is that nationally we are unaware of how many children are affected by maternal alcohol consumption in pregnancy as there is limited research in Scotland regarding this.
“There has been no research that has determined any safe level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy.
“It is known that no alcohol during pregnancy from conception to delivery guarantees no fetal alcohol harm, and so locally our message is that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is 100 per cent preventable.”
Over the coming weeks and months, the region’s midwifery team will raise awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The Board has been granted permission from Dr Harry Burns, the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, to use his quote “Avoid alcohol if pregnant or contemplating pregnancy” as part of our local campaign to raise awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
The poster ‘Who’s out drinking with you tonight’ will be placed across 481 on sale premises across Dumfries and Galloway.
Natalie said: “We very much hope to get these messages out there in the public domain and ensure that women are aware of the potential damage alcohol can cause during pregnancy.”
Further information and advice is available via GPs or the midwifery team.

REGION-WIDE CAMPAIGN: NHS Dumfries and Galloway’s midwifery team are pictured left to right: Jacqui Gatford, Midwife;
Diane Dickie Team Leader; Anne Anderson Midwife and Natalie Potts Specialist Midwife

Born to Birth
“Born to Birth”

A group of midwives in NHS Dumfries and Galloway, led by Karen King Consultant Midwife, are currently planning a campaign to promote and support normal birth and increase women’s confidence in themselves to labour and birth without intervention. We hope this will give some balance to the recent media attention around caesarean section. Whilst being mindful that caesarean section is sometimes necessary and we would not want to upset any mums who do need a caesarean.

We would like to seek your views about labour and birth (and those of your partners – they are very important too!). Any thoughts ideas or suggestions would be warmly welcomed at this stage. We would also hope that some local mums will tell us their stories about their birth that might be encouraging for other women.

In particular we would like to know what you think about the title “Born to Birth” – we feel this captures what the campaign is about that women are born with the ability to give birth.

We also intend to work with the Royal College of Midwives and use some of the materials they have produced for their Campaign for Normal Birth. This can be viewed on the RCM website
We would welcome your feedback which you can provide in one of the following ways:


Write: Karen King
Consultant Midwife
Cresswell Maternity Wing
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary
Bankend Road

Phone: Karen King
01387 241257

 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Charter Mark

LGBT Charter presentation

NHS Dumfries and Galloway's maternity services team is celebrating after gaining a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Charter Mark of Rights.

The award confirms that all LGBT issues are mainstreamed into local maternity services, and all LGBT people will be treated fairly and equally, and feel safe, confident, valued and supported.

Midwives Natalie Potts and Karen Henderson worked hand in hand with Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Centre and LGBT Youth Scotland to gain the award.

Natalie said: "It is important that all LGBT people, particularly lesbian mothers, feel confident to access our local maternity services and know that their needs and that of their family will be met.

"We are actively encouraging women to access services early and disclose their sexuality. The success of this charter mark will be measured by the local Champions who will record how many requests they respond to for support."

To achieve the Charter Mark, local midwives enhanced their knowledge with the aim of helping lesbian feel safe and less marginalised. All staff attend equality and diversity mandatory training.

Links.  Link to Pregnant Pause  

Change to visiting times

May 2011

The evening visiting times will now be from 7pm to 8pm. The afternoon times will remain unchanged 2.30pm to 3.30pm. Partners and siblings will continue to be able to visit outwith these times.

Maternity Services LeafletMaternity Service leaflet review.

  A review and update of the local Maternity Services leaflet is being undertaken. If you would like to suggest anything for inclusion please let us know by email  

Stillbirth and neonatal death society (Sands)


The local branch of the Stillbirth and neonatal death society (Sands), after many months of fundraising activity, purchased and donated a cold cot to Cresswell Maternity Wing. The group have also donated memory boxes for parents and various items to be used when caring for parents who have sadly lost their babies. Three Sands group members are pictured with the cold cot and a member of the midwifery team.