A Special Delivery For West Mid
As they become proud new parents of a Natural Birthing Centre
West Middlesex University Hospital became the proud owner of a brand new building this weekend, when the Natural Birth Centre was delivered.
The building is made up of a number of modular units, which allows for such a quick construction time. The sections were built off site and delivered over the weekend, before being put together on site. Work is now underway on fitting out the building in readiness of it opening in the autumn.
The hospital’s maternity services deliver more than 3,800 babies to local families every year and the Natural Birth Centre will allow this to increase by around 1,000 a year.
The Centre has been designed to support normal labour and will create a home away from home environment including availability of a birthing pool, deep baths, and appropriate privacy and lighting.
West Middlesex also recently launched its Stork Appeal, which is aiming to raise £100,000 to further improve maternity services.
Tonie Neville, Associate Director of Midwifery, said ‘The money we raise will help us to go the extra mile in providing the very best care and facilities for our local community, as well as allowing us to give more women a greater variety of choice during their pregnancy.’
Lots of fundraising activities have already taken place, including cake sales, raffles and movie nights. Some of the activities planned for The Stork Appeal include a quiz night and a recipe book with foreword by celebrity chef, Anthony Worrall Thompson.