George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Maternity Unit celebrated the birth of the first baby to be born within its new state of the art birthing pool rooms.
Baby Aleigha was born in one of the brand new stylish and calming rooms which incorporate mood lighting and music to de-stress the new mum. Jennifer Wiggins from Tamworth was the first mum to have a water birth in these new facilities within the hospital. She gave birth to baby Aleigha who weighed a healthy 9lbs and 9oz on Friday 6th November.
The new rooms enable mums to be and their partner the chance to have a relaxing stress free birth experience.
After the installation of new windows in the Maternity Unit and completion of external paintwork, several exciting developments are being implemented to improve the environment within the maternity unit. The refurbishment currently underway includes the total redesign of the Labour Suite and Special Care Baby Unit, new flooring, ceilings and lighting and a fantastic new look and feel.
The maternity team are excited about moving into their newly refurbished areas and seeing the original designs become a reality. They are also planning an event in the New Year to showcase the new features.
New mum Jennifer Wiggins said: “I said wow to my partner when I first went into the birthing room and saw the lovely lighting and huge bath.
“This was my third child and first water birth and I would definitely recommend it as it was far more relaxing and I was even able to play music through the Blutooth technology in the bath itself.”
Proud Dad Nathan Jones said “I enjoyed the water birth and especially had fun playing with all the new gadgets in the room to tweak the lighting and play music”.
Labour suite Ward Coordinator, Lyndsay Carver said: “I was very excited to deliver a baby in our new area and look forward to showing many more new mums our beautiful new rooms within the labour suite”.
Helen Farmer from Ansley, who had also given birth in the new birthing suite, said: “When I went into the new rook I was amazed and felt like Princess Kate. It made me feel like a celebrity and I would definitely recommend the new rooms.”
The two new birthing pools were donated to the Maternity Unit by the League of Friends based at the George Eliot Hospital.