The brand new birthing unit at East Surrey Hospital welcomed it’s very first arrival last week (May 8) with the birth of baby Danielle Emmie.
Danielle’s proud parents were the first couple to enjoy the new facilities at the hospital after a major £400,000 investment and the creation of four en-suite rooms complete with birthing pools.
Weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds 5 oz. Danielle made a speedy arrival into the world – she was born just 30 minutes after her parents walked into the hospital!
Her happy mum, Natasha Tickner, 30, from Caterham on the Hill, said: “My first daughter was born here ten years ago and it is very different now – it feels much more homely and comfortable”.
Her partner Lewis Kitson, 26, added: “The new birthing unit is lovely. It has water features and lovely lights which helped to make a really nice atmosphere.”
The new midwifery led unit offers a comfortable and private environment for women in labour who might opt for a home birth but who also want the comfort of having expert medical staff on hand.
Three rooms are for low risk deliveries while the fourth is available for high risk patients who would still like the option of a water birth.
Soft lighting and walls decorated with flowers and meadow scenes all help to create a relaxing environment for women and their partners.
The money awarded to Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust was part of a £25 million investment programme by the Department of Health in maternity facilities and was the largest amount given to a hospital in this area.