Health Minister Michael McGimpsey was on hand today to officially open a new £13m state-of-the-art maternity unit.
He was at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald to celebrate its facility for new mums which includes two spacious new wards with 32 beds, as well as single rooms with en-suite facilities.
There are also seven midwifery-led 'home from home' rooms including birthing pools.
The unit also accommodates a 16-cot neonatal unit and provides a range of services from intensive care to special care provision.
Today's official launch is another step taken as part of a £420m 10-year redevelopment programme for the Ulster Hospital.
The current phase includes the completed renal and maternity units and a multi-storey car park.