Three new birthing pools for Colchester General Hospital

Halstead Gazette: Three new birthing pools for Colchester General Hospital Three new birthing pools for Colchester General Hospital

MORE women will be able to experience water births at Colchester General Hospital after nearly £50,000 was secured to improve the maternity department.

Three new birthing pools will be amongst the improvements funded by a £47,942 grant from the Department of Health’s improving maternity care settings fund.

Dymphna Sexton-Bradshaw, the trust’s head of midwifery, said women attending antenatal classes were asked for their views before the Trust submitted its application.

She said: “Apart from birth pools, soft lighting was also very popular.

“Women and their birthing partners told us they found it very relaxing.

“That is why our bid included money for five laser projectors that can project calming images, such as twinkling stars, onto the ceilings of birthing rooms.

“Other items we successfully applied for include redecoration of the environment which includes wallpaper which depicts relaxing scenes, and comfortable chairs for partners.”

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3:22pm Mon 3 Mar 14

suzyn says...

Cart before the horse springs to mind.
Relaxing birth but stressing where to flipping park!
Removing barriers from car-parks just means you drive around & still not find anywhere to park.
Miss an appointment & probably miss the birth.

So much for working on improving patients/visitors experience.
Spend some money on sorting it out.
Cart before the horse springs to mind. Relaxing birth but stressing where to flipping park! Removing barriers from car-parks just means you drive around & still not find anywhere to park. Miss an appointment & probably miss the birth. So much for working on improving patients/visitors experience. Spend some money on sorting it out. suzyn
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2:50pm Tue 4 Mar 14

G.Speel says...

It's a pity the Department of Health don't have a fund available for departments who care for patients who are really ill. Pregnancy is not an illness after all. When people visit their loved ones on other wards they are not even offered a cup of tea after having been there nearly all day - a small price could be charged for this service. Giving birth is no more stressful than many other conditions so why does it get preferential treatment?
It's a pity the Department of Health don't have a fund available for departments who care for patients who are really ill. Pregnancy is not an illness after all. When people visit their loved ones on other wards they are not even offered a cup of tea after having been there nearly all day - a small price could be charged for this service. Giving birth is no more stressful than many other conditions so why does it get preferential treatment? G.Speel
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