Southampton midwives to give Channel 4 Christmas message


The midwifery team at Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital will deliver Channel 4’s traditional alternative to the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast.

Staff members including head of midwifery Maria Dore, senior midwifery manager Eileen Brosnan and midwife Kay Duggan will follow in the footsteps of Sharon Osborne, Marge Simpson and Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The alternative Christmas message forms part of a maternity festive special – One Born at Christmas – which follows on from this year’s BAFTA-award winning series One Born Every Minute, filmed at the Princess Anne using 40 fixed cameras over a month.

Co-presented by Julia Bradbury and Dr Christian Jessen, the programme begins tomorrow evening and continues throughout Christmas Day.

The midwives will describe what Christmas is like at the hospital and how they make it a truly special occasion for patients, staff and newborn babies by hosting a carol service.

“It’s lovely to work here at Christmas because you meet all sorts of different people and different religions and cultures – all celebrating Christmas in their own way,” said midwife Kay Duggan.

Eileen Brosnan, senior midwifery manager, added: “Birth is something beautiful, but at Christmas it’s extra, extra special.”

Posted on Thursday 23 December 2010