Midwifery Led Unit

University Hospitals Birmingham Charity is launching a new £900,000 appeal to bring a Midwifery Led Unit to the hospital so women giving birth can be in the safest place but also have the birth that they might prefer.

Having a baby is a very special time in parents’ lives, and in the build up to the delivery date, the bond between mother and midwife becomes very strong as the midwife supports the mother throughout her pregnancy.

More recently, there has been an increase in demand for Midwifery Led Units where the midwife assists with a natural birth as the mother wants the midwife to look after her and her baby throughout the birth.

Parents in Sutton Coldfield who wanted to give birth in a Midwifery Led Unit would have to travel to a different hospital. Now, Good Hope Hospital Charity is delighted to announce that we will be creating the town’s very own unit at the hospital.

Over 3,500 babies are born each year at Good Hope Hospital and by having a Midwifery Led Unit, more mothers will be able to benefit from the support of midwives in a specialist unit.

UHB Charity is now raising almost one million pounds to create the new unit which will support new mothers in the Sutton Coldfield area. The Charity is already over two-thirds of the way to its target after receiving generous donations.

With £300,000 left to raise, the work is starting in March 2020 and we are hoping that our generous supports will help us to bring the Midwifery Led Unit to the hospital.

The unit will be a home to four new birthing rooms, two of which will have birthing pools. There will also be two new overnight rooms which will provide a home away from home for mothers, focusing on family integrated care, creating a more relaxed environment.

Talking about the Midwifery Led Unit, Maggie Coleman, Matron for Maternity Services at Good Hope Hospital, said: “It is hard to put into words just how much difference a Midwifery Led Unit will make to parents having their baby at Good Hope Hospital.

“Allowing midwives to focus on the mother’s needs and wishes before, during and after the birth, in a relaxed environment, helps to reduce the stress and anxiety of child birth and give the mother and her baby the perfect start to their life together.”

The unit is going to be based on the same ward as the Maternity Unit, but there will be a clear separation between the two units. The service will only be offered to women who have had no serious complications during their pregnancy, haven’t had any risks in previous pregnancies and have no medical problems.

You can help to bring the Midwifery Led Unit to Good Hope Hospital by raising money for UHB Charity, there are plenty of events you can join in on or you can create your own!

To make a donation to the Midwifery Led Unit, please visit our JustGiving page here. If you want to set up an event, need fundraising materials or would like to know more information about the unit, please email laura.power@uhb.nhs.uk

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