Newly refurbished maternity centre at Poole Hospital designed to make mums feel more at home

Bournemouth Echo: HAVENLY: The team at the new midwifery unit, midwife Claire White, with support worker Claire Cave, Helen Williams, assistant head of midwifery and Belinda Doe, matron HAVENLY: The team at the new midwifery unit, midwife Claire White, with support worker Claire Cave, Helen Williams, assistant head of midwifery and Belinda Doe, matron

MUMS-to-be arriving at the newly refurbished maternity centre at Poole hospital which opened its doors this week, might feel as if they are about to give birth in a spa rather than a delivery suite.

The midwife-led birthing unit at St Mary’s has been completely refurbished and relocated, with new en-suite facilities and antenatal ward layout All of the rooms in the Haven Suite are named after herbs and flowers and feature padded furnishings, touch-control lighting and temperature settings and the midwives have been trained in the art of aromatherapy.

Three out of the five delivery rooms also have state of the art birthing pools with access to a piped gas and air supply.

Helen Williams, deputy head of midwifery, said they wanted to create an environment that would encourage “a more active birth approach”.

“We are so lucky to have this mid-wife led facility which is the biggest in Dorset. In order to improve the natural birth rate, it is important to provide relaxed surroundings to help promote normal births”

Belinda Doe, matron at the Haven Suite, said: “It is fabulous – we were involved in the planning of the suite over the past two-year-long consultation process. We want mums to feel more at home.”

The suite is part of a £4m building programme at Poole Hospital’s maternity unit to help it cope with an expected 1,400 extra births a year. The redevelopment will provide 13 more maternity beds and three birthing pools.

A self-contained bereavement suite will have two en-suite rooms and a separate entrance and exit to give bereaved parents and their families greater privacy.

Improvements to the neonatal unit are due to be completed by the end of the month. For more information, contact Elizabeth Abbott, team leader for the Haven Suite on 01202 448509.

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4:24pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ashleycross says...

And the procedure for cleaning it between uses?
And the procedure for cleaning it between uses? ashleycross
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8:33am Sat 8 Mar 14

Peroni says...

ashleycross wrote:
And the procedure for cleaning it between uses?
Yes good point...
When my first was born ( a long time ago)
I was shocked at the standard of cleanliness , blood and dirt .
A guy I worked with at the time told me he and his wife wanted one of those bath births ,but were soon put off when they viewed it ,saying it was very dirty .hope they have better standards now.
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: And the procedure for cleaning it between uses?[/p][/quote]Yes good point... When my first was born ( a long time ago) I was shocked at the standard of cleanliness , blood and dirt . A guy I worked with at the time told me he and his wife wanted one of those bath births ,but were soon put off when they viewed it ,saying it was very dirty .hope they have better standards now. Peroni
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5:42pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Teddy 1 says...

Having recently had a baby at st marys maternity hospital in poole, I cannot praise the staff enough. I found everyine to be very helpful and caring even though some others in my position were very demanding of the staff, after all it is a hospital not a hotel!
Having recently had a baby at st marys maternity hospital in poole, I cannot praise the staff enough. I found everyine to be very helpful and caring even though some others in my position were very demanding of the staff, after all it is a hospital not a hotel! Teddy 1
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