New birthing pool for hospital

Basildon University Hospital’s Willow Ward is due to undergo an exciting £75,000 transformation with a second birthing pool being added to the midwife-led birthing unit.

The refurbishment starts on Monday 1 August and will be completed by the beginning of November.

The end result will mean the midwife-led birthing unit will have larger en-suite delivery rooms. Two of these rooms will have access to the new birthing pool and the postnatal area will be refurbished to provide a more secluded and relaxing environment.

Willow Ward already has one birthing pool and the addition of another means all women who choose to give birth in the midwife-led unit will have a greater chance of having a water birth or using the pool for pain relief if they wish.

The unit will remain open to patients during the revamp and steps are being taken to keep noise and disruption to a minimum.

Sue Grace, Maternity Matron said: “We are very excited about the changes being made to Basildon University Hospital’s Willow Ward. The new birthing pool, bigger rooms and en-suite facilities will benefit our new mums who choose to give birth here and we will do our utmost to make sure the works cause minimal disruption to the ward.”

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