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Hospital's £1.6m birthing centre opening date set




South Warwickshire NHS Trust's director of operations, Helen Lancaster, and members of the midwifery team joined representatives from Speller Metcalfe and fundraisers to celebrate the start of building work back in January. (Submitted photo)
South Warwickshire NHS Trust's director of operations, Helen Lancaster, and members of the midwifery team joined representatives from Speller Metcalfe and fundraisers to celebrate the start of building work back in January. (Submitted photo)

THE name and opening date of a new midwife-led birthing centre at Warwick Hospital has been confirmed.

Work on the £1.6million Bluebell Birth Centre is now complete and will be available for women and their families to use from 2nd July.

It is the only non-clinical birthing centre of its kind in south Warwickshire.

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.”

The centre will have its own separate entrance, four birthing rooms, with birthing pools available in all of them.

There will also be a separate room for parents to relax in, as well as a private garden.

It is in addition to the Consultant Obstetric Unit at Warwick and community home birthing teams.

The build costs are coming out of the trust’s own budget, but a £200,000 Birth and Babies Appeal is also running to pay for enhanced equipment and upgraded furnishings to make the centre feel like a home-from-home.

So far the appeal has raised over £105,000.



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