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Haven Suite welcomes first baby

new mum and husband with baby

The newly refurbished birthing suite at Poole Hospital has welcomed its first baby.

The Haven Suite at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital, part of Poole Hospital, is designed to provide mums-to-be with a calming, non-clinical environment for labour and includes a total of five rooms, three of which have birthing pools. All rooms are equipped with en-suite facilities, as well as birthing couches, touch-control lighting and temperature controls.

The opening of the Haven Suite last week marks the completion of the first phase of the trust’s £4m investment into maternity services. The full programme of works, including the refurbishment of the neo-natal unit, is due to be completed in May 2014.

First to use the state-of-the-art facilities was new mum Hayley Broom who gave birth to baby Rory in the early hours of Friday morning (14 March).

Rory, who weighed in at 8lb 10oz, was delivered by midwife Pawla Weekes at 3.53am and is Hayley and husband Dan’s second child.

Hayley said: “It was lovely to see the new suites which are spacious, modern and very comfortable.

“We made good use of the amenities on offer - the birthing pool, the new couch-style beds and wet room, not to mention a wonderful supply of gas and air!

“My husband and I are delighted that our beautiful boy is the first baby to christen the new facilities at the Haven Suite – thank you to all the wonderful team and the fantastic care after his delivery.”

Sandra Chitty, head of midwifery at St Mary’s Maternity Hospital added:

“We are delighted that Hayley, Dan and little Rory had such a good experience in our new facilities.

“The unit provides relaxed and peaceful surroundings which support a more active birthing approach for those choosing a midwife-led birth.”

Date: 21 March 2014

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