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Worcestershire MPs visit county’s new birth centre

County MPs took the opportunity to visit Worcestershire’s brand new Meadow Birth Centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Friday (20 March).

Robin Walker, MP for Worcester; Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest; and Sir Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire, spent time touring the £600,000 centre and talking to staff prior to it opening to the first mums-to-be and their families on Monday 30 March.

They were shown the four en-suite rooms – Poppy, Cornflower, Daisy and Violet – and the family room, before learning about the philosophy of the midwife-led centre, which aims to offer a comfortable environment where birth is treated as a normal process (without intervention), rather than a medical one.

Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, said: “I am blown away by the spacious, warm environment and the expertise of the team. This centre is going to offer more choice to county women over where to give birth and will be huge benefit not just to women now, but for a long time to come.”

Mark Garnier, MP for Wyre Forest, said: “The centre is very impressive. I wish there had been something similar available when my own children had been born.”

Peter Luff, MP for Mid-Worcestershire, said: “The facilities on offer are superb. Women of the county are very lucky to be able to have such a choice of birth environment.”

Patti Paine, Divisional Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We were thrilled to be able to show off the new facilities to our MPs and it was great that they were so impressed.

“We have a wonderful team of 14 midwives and seven maternity support workers who will be running the centre, and everyone is looking forward to welcoming the first women on March 30.”

The four-room Meadow Birth centre is near to the current delivery suite, but not a part of it.

It looks and feels homely – not like a hospital – helping women to feel comfortable and relaxed.

Following the success of a first open event on Saturday (21 March) where over 200 mums-to-be and their families visited the new unit, there is another chance to have a sneak preview of Meadow Birth Centre before it opens to women on March 30.

The second drop-in day is arranged for 10am to 8pm on Thursday 26 March. Visitors can tour the new midwife-led centre at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, view the facilities on offer and meet key members of the team.

Further information on Meadow Birth Centre is available at www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/meadowbirthcentre