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IRH CMU Celebrates First Birth in New Birthing Pool

July 27, 2009 11:10 AM

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The Inverclyde Community Midwifery Unit is currently undergoing a top to toe refurbishment to offer women the best possible environment to go along with the best of care.

One of the first pieces in the unit’s refurbishment jigsaw to be completed is the installation of a new birthing pool. And last week saw the new pool christened with its first birth after Danelle Moffat gave birth to her beautiful daughter Amy.

Inverclyde’s lead midwife Betty Adair is delighted that the unit has had its first birth in the new pool. She said: “the new pool is a wonderful addition to our service and we were thrilled when Danelle decided to give the pool a try.”

Danelle, who also has a 15 year old daughter, said using the birthing pool was like night and day compared to her first labour. She said: “It was the most relaxing and moving experience. I felt so comfortable and warm – I knew from the first time around that labour wasn’t a walk in the park but the birthing pool was really amazing. In fact, I would definitely use it again if I have another baby!”

The unit’s refurbishment will be complete by September this year but it hasn’t stopped women choosing to have their babies their in the interim.

The CMU at the IRH is run by a team of highly skilled and experienced midwives and offers women and their families a homely and relaxed environment in which to deliver their babies. 60 women have given birth there this year already.

Women who come to the unit not only benefit from a relaxed environment during labour but the unit also offers ante and post-natal services such as clinics, ultrasound scanning, and early pregnancy services.

Betty added: “The result is that we look after them from the beginning of their pregnancy right through to supporting them with breastfeeding and any other needs once their wee one is born. We get to know the women really well and have found that the emotional support that comes from this very intimate way of working makes a huge difference to the mums.”

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