First class birthing centre now available for women at Warwick Hospital
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has announced the completion of the Bluebell Birth Centre, which will be available for women and their families to use from July 2018.
In January 2018 construction work started on the new birthing centre which has been built on the same site as the Trust’s current Consultant Obstetric Unit, with Speller Metcalfe leading the development.
The exciting plans for the new unit were approved in April 2017 and are an expansion to the existing maternity services, which include community home birthing teams, to ensure women have more choice on where to deliver their babies.
The Bluebell Birth Centre offers expectant parents the opportunity to have their babies in a comfortable, homely environment, rather than a more clinical setting. With its own separate entrance, the new facility offers four birthing rooms, with birthing pools available in all of them. To help create a welcoming and calming environment there is also a separate room for parents to relax in, as well as a private garden.
The Trust funded the £1.6million costs to develop the birthing centre, but to make the facility exceptional for women and their families a £200,000 fundraising appeal was launched. There has been fantastic support from members of the community and local organisations for the Birth and Babies fundraising appeal, with over £105,000 raised so far. This additional money has been invested into enhanced equipment and upgraded furnishings to make the centre feel like a home-from-home. The fundraising will continue after the centre is operational, this will ensure all of the rooms are able to offer the additional enhancements and state of the art equipment.
Sarah Noble, Head of Midwifery at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Bluebell Birth Centre is a really exciting development for maternity services at the Trust and will benefit families across Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. It is fantastic that we are now able to offer women more choice on place of birth. Research shows that for women who have uncomplicated pregnancies there are improved birth outcomes, for both mums and babies, from birthing in a midwife led unit.
“I am extremely proud of the facility and would like to thank everyone that has made it possible; staff, fundraisers and donors. The support we have received has been phenomenal and I would take this opportunity to encourage others to get involved to ensure we can make every room as fabulous as possible.”
“Speller Metcalfe has a long-standing history of delivering successful projects in partnership with South Warwickshire NHS Trust, enabling provision of first class services for the local community,” says Des O’Neill, Group Managing Director.
“The Bluebell Birth Centre is no different, and we know that this project will enable mothers and their babies to access a wider choice of birth options as well as the best in health and care facilities.”