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Innovative nature art therapy helping to relax mums to be at George Eliot Hospital

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Moving essence

State of the art birthing pool rooms at George Eliot Hospital welcomed a new addition this month. Art therapy initiative, Moving Essence art images are now helping mums to be and their partners relax during labour, thanks to a kind donation.

One of the stylish and calming rooms which already incorporate mood lighting and music to de-stress families now feature nature art images and video set to music. These calming nature scenes are a welcome addition to the recently refurbished delivery suite.

Water birth pools enable mums to be and their partners the chance to have a relaxing stress free birth experience during labour. Moving Essence Nature Art Therapy adds a warm and welcoming experience for everyone visiting the maternity unit.

Delivery suite manager, Dawn Rees said: “Moving Essence is another way that is making the birth experience for new parents more comfortable. It creates a deep calming atmosphere through images which feature nature, its cycles and rhythms.

“The system also provides patients the opportunity to select their own choice of moving image art works.”

Moving Essence technology was purchased for the maternity suite from kind donations from relatives, friends and work colleagues of midwife Rae Olner who sadly passed away in 2015.

Head of Maternity, Alison Talbot said: “I would like to thank the family and friends of Rae for their donations in lieu of flowers for making their kind donation to the maternity unit and making this initiative possible.”

The first phase of a major refurbishment project for the maternity unit was completed in 2016 to include a new reception entrance, installation of new windows, fresh external paintwork and the two state of the art birthing pool rooms. The refurbishment also included 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 two new birthing pools were donated to the Maternity Unit by the League of Friends based at the George Eliot Hospital.

Further information

George Eliot Hospital Maternity Unit website and facebook

http://www.geh.nhs.uk/directory-of-services/specialties-and-services/m/maternity/

@gehmaternity

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