SNJ columnist Pam Browne one of the first babies born at Stroud Maternity Unit
Pam Browne pictured with her father Herbert Wright, 97 was one of the first babies born at Stroud Maternity Unit in 1953 and celebrated her 60th birthday and the 60th anniversary of the maternity unit this afternoon, Friday
ONE of the first babies born at Stroud Maternity Unit celebrated her 60th birthday on Friday.
SNJ Nailsworth columnist Pam Browne was born at 5.30am on September 27, 1953 at the brand new maternity unit in Stroud.
On Friday the unit celebrated its 60th birthday as well and Pam was invited to attend the celebrations with her father Bert, who is 98 this month.
“It was really lovely to be invited along to the celebrations and when I arrived I was presented with some beautiful flowers as well,” said Pam, who lives in Minchinhampton.
“They also told me to bring my father along as I guess without him I wouldn't have been born.”
A pregnant Zara Phillips unveiled three new birthing rooms during the open day and birthday celebrations which also marked the end of major refurbishment work at the unit.
A big event to commemorate the anniversary was originally due to take place in March but as building work was ongoing at the unit, following a Government grant of 150,000 to update and improve facilities, a decision was taken to postpone the celebrations.
Dr Roy Lamb, president of Stroud Hospitals League of Friends, began working at the hospital 51 years ago.
“It has been wonderful to see the unit develop over the years,” said Dr Lamb.
“Over the years we have faced problems, including the threat of closure, but thanks to the immense support from the town we have managed to survive and now women from all over the county are choosing to have their babies at Stroud.”
Retired midwife Janet Hellewell also joined the celebrations on Friday. She worked at the maternity unit in Stroud for 28 years.
“The strength of Stroud Maternity Unit is that it offers everything normal,” said Mrs Hellewell.
“All most women want is to have a normal birth that is as stress free and comfortable as possible and that is what Stroud offers.”
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