of the Belford Hospital
Community Midwifery Unit
Belford midwives mark the 20th anniversary of the Community Midwifery Unit in a fitting fashion, by delivering baby Jack
Lamont who was born just hours before this picture. JP F32 Belford Baby 01.
Mums, babies and former staff members of
the Community Midwifery Unit (CMU) in Belford
Hospital have been celebrating the unit’s
An open day was held in Cameron Square in
Fort William to mark the occasion.
NHS Highland’s midwifery team leader for
the Belford Hospital CMU, Catherine Mac-
Donald, said: ‘We were delighted that so
many people turned out to help us celebrate
the 20th anniversary of the CMU at the Belford
During the celebrations in the centre of the
town, the current midwives at the unit were
busy delivering the latest baby to born at the
hospital, Jack Lamont.
‘We even had a very special guest arrive to
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mark the occasion, when a beautiful baby
boy was born in the unit,’ Catherine continued.
‘His arrival put the cherry on top of what was
a wonderful day for everyone involved in the
CMU, both past and present.
‘It was brilliant to see so many women and
their children that we have cared for in the
unit, health visitors and retired midwives
come along to celebrate with us.’
The CMU was established in August 1998 to
provide midwifery care to women in Fort William
and eventually other areas of Lochaber.
The service for pregnant women was provided
by the double duty nurse-midwives role
and teams were based both in and outwith