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Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby: TV's Emma Willis chats to PAH midwives for virtual Q&A with parents




Two midwives from the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust maternity unit have taken part in Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby: The Virtual Meetup, answering questions from viewers on a wide range of birthing issues.

Labour ward manager Gloria Annor Machado and fetal monitoring midwife Anna Croot joined TV presenter Emma Willis for the online event on Friday (March 26), when they discussed topics including preparation for birth, breastfeeding, baby care and support following a birth.

They were invited to participate following the success of W channel's Emma Willis: Delivering Babies – all three series of which were filmed at the Harlow hospital, which serves the Bishop's Stortford area. The third series follows families preparing to give birth in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic and was filmed virtually, with contributions from around the country.

Midwives Gloria Annor Machado, labour ward manager at Harlow's Princess Alexandra maternity unit (top left) with colleague Anna Croot, fetal monitoring midwife, joined TV presenter Emma Willis for the virtual meet-up. (45664822)
Midwives Gloria Annor Machado, labour ward manager at Harlow's Princess Alexandra maternity unit (top left) with colleague Anna Croot, fetal monitoring midwife, joined TV presenter Emma Willis for the virtual meet-up. (45664822)

Emma spent three months training to become a maternity care assistant on the busy maternity ward at PAH and the series went on to become W's most-watched series of 2018, with almost a million people tuning in to the first episode. The show subsequently won Best Popular Factual Programme at the Broadcast Digital Awards. In series two, Emma returned to complete her training.

Gloria said: "It was fantastic to have the chance to take part in Happy Mum, Happy Baby: The Virtual Meetup and to help answer questions from parents-to-be."

Anna added: "It was a real privilege to be invited to contribute. It will definitely be a special memory for our team."

Jacqui Featherstone, associate director of nursing and midwifery at PAH, added: "I'm incredibly proud to see Gloria and Anna feature in Happy Mum, Happy Baby: The Virtual Meetup.

"Our midwifery team are dedicated to supporting women, babies, their partners and families, and we hope that listeners will find the advice informative and reassuring during their pregnancy and birth journey."

Giovanna Fletcher's Happy Mum, Happy Baby website is an online community for parents that has grown in popularity over recent years. Giovanna is an actress, author, vlogger and winner of last year's hit ITV programme I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! She is married to pop star Tom Fletcher of the band McFly.

The online sessions are available to watch at www.happymumhappybaby.com/virtual-meetup.



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