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University Vice Chancellor praises Meadow Birth Centre on visit

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor Professor David Green has praised the Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital following a visit to celebrate the success of a joint working partnership.

The midwifery team at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has worked closely with the digital arts department at the University of Worcester, along with women and their families, to develop the calming and tranquil environment of the new Meadow Birth Centre.

The centre, which has already seen over 50 babies born in its first month, is run by experienced midwives and offers a comfortable environment where birth is treated as a ‘normal’ process (without intervention), rather than a medical one.

During the design of the centre, the University’s midwifery and design students were heavily involved throughout the project to make the centre look and feel as relaxing as possible.

Professor David Green offered his praise for the midwife-led unit saying: “It is great to see it finally open; I can’t imagine anyone walking in and not being impressed by this. It is pleasing to see my colleague’s involvement in the project come to fruition.

“We’re passionate about this centre for our midwifery students to experience as well, but the important thing is the fantastic work all of the team here do.”

Louise Turbutt, Meadow Birth Centre, Team Leader said: “We really appreciate all the hard work the team from University of Worcester have put into helping design and decorate the centre - they’ve done a fantastic job of making the centre feel relaxed and tranquil for women.

“We relish working closely with the University and are looking forward to having some midwifery students here from the end of May.”

Helen Holmes, Senior Lecturer Practitioner in the digital arts department at the University who was involved throughout the project said: “We carried out research into the stages of labour, and any elements that may help and calm the process were considered.

“I designed each flower, petal, leaf, butterfly and blade of grass, before laser cutting them in my studio. Then, with help from a third-year Graphic Design and Multimedia student, we spent three weeks in the Birth Centre, applying the graphics to the walls and windows.”

One of the focal points of the centre is an 8ft high vinyl oak tree which, is being adorned with individual leaves carrying the name and date of birth of every baby born on the unit. New mothers will also be given a wooden oak leaf as a keepsake.