Work progresses on Meadow Birth Centre
Work to create a brand new midwife-led birth centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital is well under way.
Builders began work to turn the former antenatal ward / maternity triage area into the four birth room Meadow Birth Centre in December 2014. The kitchen and family area is currently being fitted out, the plumbing necessary for the birth pools is being installed and the new air handling units were delivered by crane last week.
Names for the four birthing rooms have also been chosen, with patient representatives and members of staff choosing Poppy, Cornflower, Daisy and Violet. Each room will be decorated in colours which reflect their name.
Rachel Carter, Matron for Midwifery, said: “Work is progressing at quite a pace and we are busy behind the scenes ensuring that the new team of midwives and maternity support workers who will work in the centre are fully trained, and finalising new policies and procedures. Everyone is really excited to be welcoming the first mums-to-be in the next few weeks in to what will be a fabulous environment.”
Meadow Birth Centre, run by experienced midwives, supported by Maternity support staff, will offer a safe place to give birth for ‘low risk’ women from across Worcestershire who have had no complications or medical problems during their pregnancy.
The four birthing room centre, each with an en-suite, will offer a calm and comfortable environment where birth is treated as a ‘normal’ process.
It will be near to the current delivery suite, but not a part of it. It will look and feel homely – not like a hospital – helping women and their families to feel comfortable and relaxed.
Further information on the Meadow Birth Centre is available at www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/meadowbirthcentre.