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Three generations. Nineteen ‘Musgrove Babies’. One NHS - 06 November 2019

Three generations. Nineteen ‘Musgrove Babies’. One NHS - 06 November 2019

Each year thousands of babies are born at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital, but it’s not every day that three generations of the same family pass through the doors of the busy maternity department – and even less often that they also work for our local NHS.

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Nineteen members of the Chedzoy family have been born at the maternity department at Musgrove Park, with one member of the family working just yards away from where she was born, while her parents and four sisters work in various NHS roles across Somerset.

Kate Warren, senior staff nurse at the Somerset Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (SNICU) based next to the maternity department at Musgrove Park, contacted hospital charity Love Musgrove following the launch of its ‘Musgrove Babies’ campaign, celebrating those born at the hospital and sharing pride in the care provided.

Parents Alan and Jacqui, both psychiatric nurses at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, had Kate and her sisters Hannah, Hayley and Jade, all healthcare assistants at the Trust, and Emilie, neonatal screening administrator for NHS England, at Musgrove Park Hospital. Between them the five sisters went on to have 14 children, who were also all born at the hospital.

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“I always wanted to go into nursing, and I’m sure having parents who are both nurses played a part in that,” explains Kate. “I’ve been really lucky to have seen the birth of two of my sister’s children during my time here, and cared for my niece Hildi while she was in neo-natal intensive care for a short time. At one point, three of my sisters were all in the maternity unit together at the same time!

“Musgrove Park and all the team in maternity have been, and still are, a big part of our lives, and we are all so happy to be involved in supporting them through the Musgrove Babies campaign.”

The family has also been joined at all 19 births by maternity care assistant, Margret Welstead, who was involved in all of the births in one way or another. In addition to that, Margret was also the five siblings’ dinner lady at North Town Primary School in Taunton in her spare time.

Hayley Peters, chief nurse at Musgrove Park Hospital, added: “To see so many members of one family come together to celebrate the care they received on our maternity department is simply wonderful, but to know that they have also chosen to work in the NHS and within Somerset too makes their story even more inspiring.

“Kate, her parents and her sisters are all brilliant advocates for nursing, highlighting the pride they have in their own workplaces as somewhere they have received care as a patient. We are very lucky to have them.”

Love Musgrove launched the Musgrove Babies campaign earlier this year, to raise £100,000 to update maternity facilities. More than 1,000 ‘Musgrove Babies’ have come forward since to claim their certificates, share their stories and highlight how they have benefitted from the unit over the years.

There are many ways to get involved in this fundraising campaign, such as holding a coffee morning or taking part in a challenge. Alternatively you can text BABIES, followed by your donation amount (anything between £1 and £20) to 70085, or visit lovemusgrove.org.uk/musgrove-babies.

If you or someone you know was born at Musgrove Park Hospital, you can also upload a current picture or baby photos using #MusgroveBabies on social media to join the community of people born at the hospital. Head to https://walls.io/y7a5u to see who has shared their story so far.