Stroud Maternity celebrates opening of new birth pools
STROUD Maternity Hospital is celebrating the birth of a new era after unveiling two new pregnancy pools.
The hospital has been undergoing a major refurbishment since it received a grant of £150,000 from the Department of Health earlier this year.
But extra funds raised by Stroud Hospital League of Friends and the town's Waitrose have allowed the hospital to install two new birth suites, which boast birthing pools, kitchenette areas and en-suite facilities.
With modern furnishings and decorative features, the spacious new suites are designed to make giving birth a more relaxing and ‘homely’ experience for women.
At a special ceremony on Thursday, the new pools were presented to hospital staff by representatives of the League of Friends and Waitrose workers.
Although the suites have yet to be fully completed, midwives at the hospital have already helped several women deliver in the pools.
Nettie D’Arcy-Wass, 42, from Frampton on Severn, was one of the first women to benefit from the facilities when she gave birth to her fourth son Charles on Monday, September 2.
"The water is just brilliant. It really helps to support your weight and it is therapeutic and helps with the pain," she said.
"I’m glad to see the new facilities established here and especially in this sort of environment. It looks like a spa now, it is beautiful."
Sue Hill, lead midwife at the hospital, which marks its 60th anniversary later this month, thanked the League and Waitrose for their donations.
"Without this support we could not make the environment in Stroud Maternity as welcoming and comfortable as it now is," she said.
League of Friends administrator Susan Strongitharm said: "Once the work at Stroud Maternity Hospital is fully completed, partners will be able to stay overnight following the birth of their children on three recliner chairs as well as benefiting from new furnishings throughout and a sofa in the dayroom.
"We believe this will help make this important maternity unit even more homely, with its caring environment provided by highly skilled midwifery staff."
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