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First baby born in Meadow Birth Centre returns to celebrate first birthday

As the Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital approaches its first birthday, the centre welcomed back a memorable face, as the first baby to be born in the unit returned to celebrate the first year of opening.

Meadow Birth first babies family

Oscar Andrews, who is now teething and beginning to walk, joined older brother Philip at the Andrews’ home in Wick, near Pershore when he was born last April. Mum, Claire and Dad, Oliver said at the time they were thrilled to have been the first parents to have a new baby in the centre and would recommend it to anyone.

On returning to the centre one year later, Oliver said: “We’d still recommend it to any one we know, it was so relaxed and homely.

Claire said: “It was the perfect place to give birth really, the room was beautiful and so relaxing - I’d definitely encourage any other expectant mother to have your baby here.

“What was great was that it didn’t feel like we were in a hospital. It’s very different to the delivery suite where I had Philip. The centre just gives you a quiet, calm and relaxing way of giving birth happily.”

Meadow Birth Centre midwife team leader, Louise Turbutt said: “We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved in our first year, and we’ve far exceeded our expectations of how many babies would be born in the centre. That’s fantastic news, not just for us, but for the women of Worcestershire and beyond who have experienced giving birth in this unit.

“After seeing over 600 babies born in our first year, we’re aiming for 800 babies in our second year, taking on more women which previously may have given birth on the delivery suite.

“We’re committed to offering a relaxing and homely environment for mothers to have the best possible birth experience they can.”

The Meadow Birth Centre is celebrating its first birthday, by holding a party for mothers who have had their baby in the centre, or anyone who is thinking of doing so, to join with midwives running the centre to celebrate a successful first year.

Anyone is welcome to attend the event in Charles Hasting Education Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital from 2pm until 3pm on Thursday 14 April.

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