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Meadow Birth Centre celebrates a birthday of its own

The Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital had a celebration of its own today recognising the first birthday of the midwife-led birth unit.

Meadow Birth Party

The first year has proved a resounding success for the Meadow Birth Centre, which has seen 650 babies born in the relaxing four-room unit.

The centre, which has three purpose built birthing pools, has seen over three quarters of its babies have a water birth, with mothers from across the county and beyond giving glowing reviews of the care they have received in the centre.

Marisa Roberson, from Bromsgrove who gave birth to daughter Frankie in the centre in June, said: “The centre was absolutely brilliant. The staff are just wonderful, I couldn't fault anything about them, the whole thing was perfect from start to finish.

“It’s such a lovely environment and the atmosphere is amazing. I didn't think I would notice the environment whilst I was giving birth but I was surprised how much I noticed and remembered, and it really was fantastic.”

Claire Andrews from Pershore, who was the very first mum to give birth in the centre on the day of opening, and so was also celebrating son Oscar’s first birthday, 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 650 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.”

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