WORK has started on a state-of-the-art maternity unit at Warwick Hospital.
The £1.6 million Midwife Led Birthing Unit (MLU) is currently being built and promises to be a more ‘homely and comfortable’ environment for mums, babies and their families.
Expectant mums currently have the option to give birth in the hospital’s labour suite or at home.
Hospital director of operations Helen Lancaster said: “This is a very exciting time for the trust. The start of the building work is a key milestone on the way to offering women more choice on where they give birth. The new maternity centre will offer great benefits to families across Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.”
Building company Speller Metcalfe are taking on the development, just months after completing Stratford Hospital.
The new unit will include four rooms, each containing a birthing pool, separate rooms for patients to relax in and a garden.
The trust is funding the building, but hopes the community will support them by donating and fund-raising to make the unit ‘exceptional’. Staff hope to raise £200,000 to pay for ‘little luxuries’ such as special baby cribs instead of plastic cots and furnishing to make the unit a ‘home from home’.
Call 01926 495321 or email [email protected] to find out more about fund-raising.