THE ACTING post-natal ward manager at Warwick Hospital has spoken about her excitement for the new midwifery-led birthing centre.
Kiera Mason has worked at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust for four years, and has been in her current role for four months. Recently she studied family therapy and counselling after seeing how stressful having a new child can be on a family.
She believes midwives can have a positive impact on the first hours and days of being a mum.
Kiera said: ”The very first birth I witnessed was a home birth, the lights were dimmed and there was music playing. As midwives we sat quietly in the room, it was such a privilege to be part of such a lovely birth. This is main reason that I am so excited about the new centre is to be able to offer a ‘home away from home’ which will really improve choice for the women in Warwickshire.”
The Birth & Babies Appeal aims to raise £200,000 in a year to ensure the birthing unit has the best equipment and facilities which would otherwise not be funded by the NHS, such as ambient lighting.
Kiera added: “The appeal will enable us to buy the extras that really help us to achieve a home-form-home feel in the birthing unit for women to feel relaxed as much as possible”.
WARWICK Hospital is calling on people not to buy Christmas cards this year, and instead donate to its Birth and Babies Appeal.
Hospital bosses say the donations made will go towards enhancements that NHS funds can’t provide and help to make the new birthing unit the best that it can be.
Those who donate will receive an image via email which they can send to friends and family to wish them a Merry Christmas and show they have donated.
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A SILENT disco at Warwick Gates Community Centre proved a hit with families.
Guests of all ages enjoyed music on light-up silent disco headsets, raising more than £300 towards the Birth and Babies Appeal.
The event was organised by Nikki Francis, founder of Mum Knows Best Warwickshire and “Take it from Mummy” website.
And equally as successful was a ‘prosecco and pudding night’ where guests enjoyed the finer things in life while raising £500 for the appeal.
Supporters indulged in an evening dedicated to wine and dessert at Merchants Wine Bar in Warwick.
Visit www.justgiving.com/birthandbabies or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01926 495321 to donate to the appeal or find out more.