UCLH midwives take centre stage with top singer 

19/08/2013 00:00 
During her latest London stage performance, acclaimed folk-rock singer Martha Wainwright praised our midwives for the care they gave to her premature baby.
 

During her latest London stage performance, acclaimed folk-rock singer Martha Wainwright praised our midwives for the care they gave her premature baby.

With her young son Arcangelo beside her – and to enthusiastic applause – she said: "There are five nurses from the NHS, from University College London Hospitals (in the audience) – they took care of you when you were in an incubator!"

Martha was performing at The Union Chapel in Islington.

Earlier in the day, Martha had returned to the University College Hospital Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing with her son to chat to nursing staff who helped save his life when he was born nine weeks prematurely.

She told them: "I will never forget the care I received here".

The Canadian-born singer always tries to pop in to see our staff when she is performing in London.

Martha was rushed to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing in 2009, shortly after performing a gig in central London. Around 12 hours later, following an emergency Caesarean, Arcangelo was born weighing just 3lb 5oz. He was on an incubator for around a month.

But thanks to the expertise of staff at the unit, which offers speech and language therapists, dieticians and psychologists to help with the development of premature babies, Arcangelo has thrived.

At the time she said: “There’s a deep understanding here that the first priority is the patient and that is obvious in the quality of care we have received.”

“We had a special arrival who will always be connected to this city and to this country and we are incredibly grateful for the treatment that we received. We will never forget this time and it will always be a story we will tell people for the rest of our lives.”

And true to her word, Martha did just that at last week's show at The Union Chapel.

 

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