200th baby born at ‘peaceful’ birth centre
Parents have praised the peaceful environment of the county’s midwife-led Meadow Birth Centre, after giving birth to the centre’s two hundredth baby this morning - just four months after the centre first opened to mums-to-be in April.
Baby Ella-May Charlton was born in the Cornflower Room of Worcestershire Royal Hospital’s birth centre at 8.42am this morning (Tuesday 18 August), weighing a healthy 7lb and 10oz.
Parents, Becky Keay and Simon Charlton, from Droitwich, decided to come to Worcester for the birth of Ella-May child so they could experience the calming environment of the Meadow Birth Centre.
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, home-away-from-home environment for parents and their new additions.
Ella-May’s mother Becky said: "It was a nice experience being in here; it felt so relaxed and peaceful. Having our own room was so nice and made the whole thing much more private.
“It was so much better being able to have a water birth this time too, the whole experience made me more relaxed and calm.”
Ella-May’s father, Simon said: "It was really good to be able to have our privacy for the birth, we were away from the ward but we were able to have the family here around us and having this room gave us time to bond with her in peace.”
Midwife Sam Campion who was present as Becky gave birth to baby Ella-May said: "I am new to the Meadow Birth Centre myself so I feel really lucky to have been the one on hand as the 200th baby was born here!”
Meadow Birth Centre Team Leader, Louise Turbutt added: "We are thrilled to have reached 200 babies in such a short space of time, and we're so pleased that Becky and Simon chose to have Ella-May here.”