A CAMPAIGN has been launched to fund a birthing pool at Warwick Hospital’s new Midwife Led Unit.
The hospital’s Birth and Babies Appeal is calling on the community to raise £12,000 to pay for a pool in the new Bluebell Birth Centre.
The appeal is raising money to pay for items which do not come as standard on the NHS.
And if its latest campaign is successful it means each of the unit’s four birthing rooms will be fitted with a pool.
Community midwife Sophie Carroll – who is also an expectant mum – says this will benefit plenty of women as research shows water is one of the most effective methods of pain relief.
She said: “I am hoping we can raise the money for birthing pools as from both a mother and midwife perspective the benefits of water births are vast. I hope that the community gets behind this campaign to help future families of Warwickshire and beyond.”
Head of midwifery Sarah Noble said: “We want to ensure every women choosing to birth in the birth centre is able to use a birthing pool.
“This can either be to help mums with labour or to birth their baby in. Water for labour is amazing, the mother feels cocooned, weightless, warm and in control of the space around her. For babies the pools offer the most tranquil of births, imagine emerging from one fluidly environment into another being brought slowly to the surface by their mother whose smile they see first.”
Donors who pledge more than £20 towards the birthing pool will have their name printed in a recognition book. Those who give £250 or more will have their name or company logo on display in the reception of the birth centre.
Visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/birthing_pool_warwick_hospital to donate.