Warwick Hospital wants to ensure women have the choice about where they give birth. To support this, a Midwifery Led Unit is being developed on site at the hospital. South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has committed to investing £1.5million at Warwick Hospital to provide a new midwife led birthing unit (MLU) for the local community in South Warwickshire, offering more choice to women and their families, considering where to give birth.
The development of this new unit commenced in August 2017 and is due to open in Spring 2018. This will be the first in the area and it will benefit families across South Warwickshire and beyond.
The Midwifery Led Birthing Centre will enable expectant parents to have their babies in a comfortable, relaxed, homely environment rather than a more clinical setting. This will complement the full Consultant Obstetric Unit which is also based at Warwick Hospital.
The MLU will have 4 birthing rooms each with ensuite facilities, a family snug, kitchenette, dining room, a therapy room and a triage assessment room.
To ensure the new Midwifery Led Unit is the best it can be there is a £200,000 fundraising appeal. The money raised from this will go towards enhancements that NHS funds can’t provide.
- Buy special baby cribs and stands, rather than standard plastic cots
- Provide birthing pools for every room
- Upgrade furnishings to make the unit feel like a home-from-home
- Develop a therapeutic room for parents to use
- Provision of many other additions to provide the best birthing facilities
The Province has joined with the Lodge of Unity No 567 to donate a total of £1500 to the appeal fund. Pictured below are several midwives with former and future patients, together with W Bro Seb Samperi, Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Unity, with Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Peter Manning, and Provincial Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward.