Midwife-led unit opens

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Receptek are proud to have been involved in the interior fit-out of a new midwife-led birth unit at Frimley Park Hospital.

Mulberry Birth Centre is part of the newly refurbished labour ward at the Surrey hospital and offers a choice for women with low-risk pregnancies.

The new suite has four fully fitted rooms, each with an en suite bathroom. There is also a birthing pool with ambient lighting and a second pool room in another part of the ward can be used if the unit is busy. The rooms are designed to encourage active birthing, with slings and exercise balls to assist labour, and the double beds in two of the rooms fold up into the wall to make more space if preferred.

The name of the centre was chosen by staff and users to reflect the unit’s colour scheme.

The completion of the Mulberry Birth Centre marks the end of a 19 month project to upgrade the entire labour ward. All rooms are now fitted out to a high standard and have en suites with showers or baths.

Labour ward manager Helen Whapshott said: “We are so pleased that we can now offer a much improved environment for all our women and their partners. Having a baby is a special time so where you have it is really important.

“That’s why it means so much to us here that we can offer such a positive environment for all types of birth.

“The upgrade to the rest of the labour ward was completed recently and that made a big difference, but the midwifery-led unit was the missing piece, as we didn’t have anything like it before.”

The Mulberry Birth Centre is located in what used to be the Special Care Baby Unit. A new neonatal unit, kitted out with equipment raised by the community through a fundraising appeal, was formally opened by HRH the Countess of Wessex across the corridor.

Helen added: “We have kept disturbance to a minimum during the ward upgrade and we are very grateful for the support and co-operation we received from colleagues, women and their families. I hope they would all agree it has been worth it.”

To view the work carried out by Receptek – CLICK HERE

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