People around North Devon have come out in force to make their feelings known: we don’t want to lose our maternity services in North Devon.

People around North Devon have been showing their support for the region’s maternity services.

Yesterday (Friday) we launched our #BarnstapleBaby campaign - and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support.

We asked our readers to share photos of themselves or their children stating ‘I’m a #BarnstapleBaby’ with their date of birth.

You’ve been sharing them in your droves using #BarnstapleBaby on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram., showing support for the hospital.

Bethan Funning posted her photo on Facebook saying she was the daughter of ‘the greatest midwife going’, which has been shared more than 240 times.

Sophie Thorne posted a photo of her babies and said: “Both of my babies were born with shoulder dystocia and also both had to have a short stay in special care.

“Had I not of made it to the hospital to give birth these boys would not be here today.

“The midwives were amazing and I am forever thankful for their brilliant work.

“They would be stupid to close this facility that has helped so many families.#Barnstaplebaby #Barnstaplebabies.”

Bethan Funning is supporting our #BarnstapleBaby campaign.Bethan Funning is supporting our #BarnstapleBaby campaign.

Meanwhile Laura Wallis posted a photo of her baby Toby, who was born last year, five weeks premature.

She said: “I don’t know where I’d be with out Barnstaple’s Baby Unit!

“Having a baby that decides to come five weeks early would have been a nightmare if I had to travel to Exeter to see him!!

“Getting rid of it would be the WORST decision anyone could make! #barnstaplebaby.”

As part of our campaign, we want to gather as much support as possible before the Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation (STP) plan is published next year.

If you want to keep North Devon’s maternity services join our #BarnstapleBaby campaign and make your voice heard.

North Devon has been showing its support for our #BarnstapleBaby campaign.North Devon has been showing its support for our #BarnstapleBaby campaign.

The campaign is backed by the Save Our Hospital Services (SOHS) campaign.

Gazette editor Andy Keeble said: “It’s no good waiting until decisions are made – these are uncertain times and now is the time to make our feelings known.”

Want us to share your picture? Use the #BarnstapleBaby hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.