Midwives mark end of an era

NBUA 20-7-12 BWJ 6 Buxton Midwives Reunion.
NBUA 20-7-12 BWJ 6 Buxton Midwives Reunion.

The team of midwives and maternity assistants from Buxton’s Corbar Birth Centre met up to mark the end of an era.

The much-loved facility, based at Buxton Hospital, closed at the end of June.

The close-knit team later held a private party at the Buckingham Hotel.

One said: “It was a great atmosphere and really emotional because there were so many people there – past and present staff members.

“It was more than a job or a workplace, it was a real family and a lot of friendships have been formed over the years.”

The team has now been split, with some remaining in the High Peak or redeployed while others have been made redundant or have decided to retire.

They took the opportunity to thank all those who tirelessly fought to try and maintain the service for women and their families.

Health bosses took the decision to close the midwife-led unit in December despite strong opposition including a 4,500 name petition.

The Buxton Advertiser led a Hands Off Corbar campaign and the closure plans were fought by numerous groups and organisations, including a specially formed campaign group, as well as residents, local councillors and service users.