16 September 2013

The event proved so successful that midwives are already starting planning another in December.

As well as tours of the facilities, there stalls including one where the public could learn which way a baby is lying in the womb using a mannequin to palpate a pregnant abdomen.

Midwives were available to support, inform and advise mums-to-be about all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. They also had the chance to see the inflatable delivery pool available for home births and watch demonstrations of non-invasive pain relief such as TENS, massage and aromatherapy.

Representatives from University of Manchester and the University of Salford were also there to discuss midwifery courses and student midwives spoke of their experiences at Tameside Hospital.

Midwife Olwen Ogden talked about her experience working as a midwife in Cambodia after being chosen for an exchange programme run by the Royal College of Midwives.

There will also be information about support groups for women and families after the loss of a baby or miscarriage

Lesley Tones, Head of Midwifery at Tameside Hospital said: “We had an excellent turn out of pregnant women and partners and prospective employees. Everyone said that they found the day extremely valuable and interesting and were impressed with how friendly and informative everyone was."