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1000th baby born at Meadow Birth Centre

One thousand babies have now been born at the Meadow Birth Centre, less than 18 months after first opening to mums-to-be in April last year.

Ava McDonald was the one thousandth baby to be born in the midwife-led unit - located inside Worcestershire Royal Hospital – at 8:17am on Saturday 10 September.

Ava was born in centre’s poppy room, weighing a healthy 9lbs and 9oz. The centre - which is the first of its kind in the county and gives women more choice over where their baby is born - is run by experienced midwives and offers a comfortable environment where birth is treated as a ‘normal’ process rather than a medical one.

Parents, Emma and Arron from Worcester, decided to come to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for the birth of their first child together so they could experience the calming environment of the Meadow Birth Centre.

Emma said: "I’d heard about the Meadow Birth Centre from my friends and a local yoga class I went to. It really does live up to its reputation; the facilities here are fantastic and almost like a hotel. I’d recommend it to anyone; it’s been a truly amazing experience here.

Dad Arron said: “It’s been great as a partner as well as I’ve been able to be so involved in it all and experience the birth in such a nice environment. Being able to spend that quality time together with each other and Ava as well before leaving was so important too, it meant would could relax and not be rushed.”

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

“We saw 650 babies born in our first year we’re well on track to reach our target of 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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