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Ten babies born in one week at tranquil birth centre

Spring has sprung in Worcestershire as ten babies have been born in the county’s first midwife-led unit, just one week after it opened its doors.

Six girls and four boys were born over the last week in the Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. For every baby that is born, a leaf is added to the birth centre tree - which is now truly starting to blossom.

The four-room centre (each with an en-suite), which opened on Tuesday 14 April, is near to the current delivery suite, but not a part of it. It looks and feels homely – not like a hospital – helping you to feel comfortable and relaxed.

The centre 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.

Kirsty Harper from Kidderminster had her first baby, Sidney, in the birth centre on April 15th. She said “I couldn’t have asked for a nicer birth centre. All the midwives made me feel safe and at ease.”

Laura Icke, from Pershore, welcomed baby Miles on April 19th. She said “I had a really amazing experience at the birth centre. The staff are really calming and make you feel at ease. I would recommend Meadow Birth Centre to any expectant mothers.”

Baby Oscar was the first baby born in the birth centre on April 14th. His mum Claire Andrews, from Wick, near Pershore, said “This is a truly amazing birth centre.  Everyone involved should be very proud, congratulations. A special thanks to the lovely midwives for all your help and support. You made Oscar’s birth extra special for us.”

Louise Turbutt, Team Leader for the birth centre said “We’ve had a really busy first week and everything has gone really well. We’re delighted to have helped bring these ten babies into the world. The feedback we’ve received from mums and families so far has been fantastic. I’m looking forward to welcoming many more babies in the future.”

Up to 500 women are expected to give birth in the Meadow Birth Centre’s first year.

For more information about the centre, visit www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/meadowbirthcentre