Uckfield mother in battle to save Crowborough Birthing Centre

Uckfield people are being urged to attend a meeting this week to help ensure the survival of the Crowborough Birthing Centre.

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Uckfield mum Leanne Miller with son Benjamin who was born at the Crowborough Birthing Unit.

Leanne Miller, who is a member of the Women’s Focus Group for the birthing centre and expecting a baby herself in January, says the group is campaigning for the centre to be moved from the control of the East Sussex Healthcare Trust to Tunbridge Wells.

She says the meeting, which is to be held at the Crowborough Community Centre starting at 10am on Thursday (November 7) will give people chance to show their support for the centre which was temporarily closed last week when midwives had to help out at Hastings because of a shortage of staff there.

Leanne lives in Uckfield and has three children, William aged six, Samuel, four and Benjamin two. Her youngest was born at Crowborough and she is hoping her new baby, a little girl, will be born at the birthing centre too.

But she is feeling very uneasy about the future of the centre because of the temporary closures and the focus group believes a transfer to the Tunbridge Wells trust would ensure its future. “If we can transfer over over then we can have all our care in Crowborough and Pembury, rather than having to go all the way to Eastbourne or Hastings.

“Please, please, please support our local centre by kicking up a fuss and coming to the public consultation on Thursday. Creche facilities are available.”

Read more on the BBC website about closure of the birthing centre last week: Crowborough Birthing Centre closure sparks protest.

An e-petition supporting the move of maternity services can be found here.

Follow this link to find the Women’s Focus Group Crowborough Birthing Centre Facebook page and this one to a website about the Crowborough Birthing Centre which has been set up by the focus group.

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