Good Hope Hospital Charity launches #BabiesofGoodHope appeal
Since 1967 the maternity unit at Good Hope Hospital has delivered generations of Sutton Coldfield babies, and in 2019 2,846 little bundles of joy arrived into the world at the hospital.
Now, Good Hope Hospital Charity is raising £1 million to open a Midwifery Led Unit that will provide mums-to-be with a new option in how they give birth. The Midwifery Led Unit, or MLU for short, will be a beautiful and private space, offering mums a ‘home from home’ feeling in the safe environment of Good Hope Hospital.
Maggie Coleman, Matron of Good Hope Hospital's Maternity Services explains more.
Good Hope Hospital Charity has teamed up with the Sutton Observer to launch a new fundraising campaign called #BabiesofGoodHope to celebrate the role that our local hospital has played in delivering generations of Sutton Coldfield residents, and to help raise money to make the Midwifery Led Unit a reality.
If you were born at Good Hope Hospital then we’re asking you to share with us a photograph of you as a baby and a photo of you now, before then making a donation at babiesofgoodhope.org
Laura Power, Fundraising Manager at Good Hope Hospital Charity, said: “Good Hope Hospital has a special place in many of our hearts, each year thousands of babies are born at the hospital and now we want to provide Sutton Coldfield mums with a beautiful new facility to give birth in.
“This will be the first Midwifery Led Unit in Sutton Coldfield and will be a standalone unit, led by midwives and not consultants. The new unit will comprise of four birth rooms, two of which will have birthing pools, and two side rooms will be available if an overnight stay is needed. As the unit will be led by the midwife, all women will be supported by a midwife that they have come to know and trust during their pregnancy.
“The unit will provide a sense of domestic, private space for women and the family-centred care supports a more relaxed and home-like environment. The unit, although standalone, will exist in close proximity to the other maternity services at the hospital, meaning help will be on hand should there be any complications in the pregnancy.
“Studies have shown that more and more women want to give birth in a midwifery led environment, and we want to provide the mothers of Sutton Coldfield with a beautiful, peaceful and safe new unit to give birth in.
“We’ve already raised £750,000 but we need your help to reach our £1million target! We’re calling on all of the #BabiesofGoodHope to help us to bring this new unit to the hospital, and together we can celebrate the historic legacy of our hospital and fund a new facility that will help to deliver the next generation of babies.”