King’s Lynn hospital to open new birthing unit

The current birthing pool at QEH
The current birthing pool at QEH
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Mothers will soon be able to give birth in a new midwife-led unit at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Gayton Road hospital is due to be opening the doors of new relaxed centre at the end of November.

Hospital chiefs are hoping the new unit will help to raise the “requires improvement” ranking for midwifery by the Care Quality Commission.

The unit, which is being created adjacent to the central delivery suite, will have its own private entrance and three birthing rooms, two with birthing pools.

The unit, which staff are appealing for help in naming, is expected to see the births of 500 to 600 babies during 2016.

Chief executive Dorothy Hosein said the unit is the best option for mothers with straight forward pregnancies.

She said: “You are more likely to be cared for by a midwife you have got to know during your pregnancy, from first consultation to labour and birth. New mothers will also continue to see this midwife for any appointments following the birth.

“We plan for expectant mothers to be able to stay in the same room throughout their stay, with their birthing partner.

“Ultimately, along with the relaxed ambiance and facilities of our Midwife Led Birthing Unit, all of these things will help expectant mothers to feel at home and comfortable in their surroundings.”

A third birthing pool room will remain in the Central Delivery Suite for those births which cannot be cared for on the Midwife Led Birthing Unit.

Staff are also receiving additional training in supporting water births, the benefits of different positions and when to call for help.

Catherine Morgan, director of nursing added: “We have a through route from the Midwife Led Birthing Unit to our Central Delivery Suite to ensure any patient with an unexpected complication can be transferred easily and additional or emergency staff can attend swiftly.”

Potential new names for the unit are Iceni Birth Centre, Tranquility Birth Centre and Waterlilly Birth Centre. To vote go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NameTheMLBU

Last year the hospital ceased its home birth service on the grounds of having enough staff to safely provide it.