MUMS-TO-BE at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital will soon be able to make their special deliveries in water thanks to the installation of a new birthing pool.
The facility has been installed in the delivery suite with help from a £112,500 grant drawn from a £25 million Government fund set up to improve NHS maternity units.
Brendan Brown, director of nursing at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen’s, said: “It’s a fantastic thing for the women of Burton.
“It’s an example of how our midwifery services are leading the way.”
Though only just installed in an extended delivery room in an area previously used as an office, the pool is already being used by women in labour.
Delivery suite manager Helen Hunt said they were benefiting from the pool’s ability to help them maintain an upright posture while receiving water-borne pain relief known as acquagesia.
Pregnant mothers are scheduled to use the facility to give birth from July once all of the suite’s midwives are trained.
Acting head of midwifery Gill Salmon said: “We are expecting the pool to be very well used.
“It’s giving women a great choice in what they want to do.
“They like to book in a unit where they have this opportunity.”
She and her bosses hope the facility will persuade more expectant mothers to choose Queen’s to give birth.
Last year, deliveries across the trust fell by 200, said Mrs Salmon, adding: “Some women who know neighbouring trusts have the facility have gone there simply because they’ve had the option.”
Queen’s is also using the money to refurbish its eight delivery suite rooms and equip them with en suite showers and bathrooms.
Six of the eight rooms have been overhauled, with work on the remaining two due to be completed shortly.
Queen’s staff are due to extol the virtues of the birthing pool and revamped delivery suite at a promotional day in August at Tutbury Castle.
They are also hoping to raise up to £10,000 to further equip the delivery suite’s facilities with a swing.
All of the new facilities will help Queen’s cope with the fallout from a decade-long baby boom.