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June 19, 2003 9:00 AM

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of a committee of women with very emotional ties to the Special Care Baby Unit in the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital, two brand new facilities are now available for families to use - all designed by celebrity interior designer John Amabile!

The new rooms have been created at a cost of £15,000 provided by the ‘Buttercup Ball Committee'. One of the rooms is for mums to express milk for their sick or premature baby, the other is a ‘cuddle room' for families to spend time with their new baby in a non-clinical, relaxing and homely environment, yet still within close reach of the medical expertise their baby relies on so much.

The rooms have been given an extra special touch thanks to the efforts of celebrity interior designer John Amabile, who himself was a premature baby at the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital when he was born on the 9th June 1964!

Rosie Brawley is a member of the committee and is just glad to be able to give something back to the unit that has been a major part of her life, she said:  "My first born Declan, unexpectedly died at birth at the Queen Mother's and I very nearly didn't make it myself. The staff at that time were so comforting and sensitive and saw my husband, Brendan & I through a very difficult time, even after we'd left the hospital. A year later our second baby Ben was born and has been admitted to special care, short stay and acute receiving wards during his short life. However, thanks to the care he has received he is now a bright and happy 5-year-old boy!

"We have experienced what a vulnerable time it is for families when you have a wee one in special care, so we thought it would be nice to make their stay a bit more comfortable."

The other committee members feel the same, each with their own emotional tie to the unit within the Queen Mother's.


John Amabile is very grateful just to be involved in the project, he said:
"On a personal note, just giving something back to the Queen Mother's Maternity Hospital who helped me so much, and continue to help families all over Scotland, is tremendous.

"I have always been very aware of the hospital and visited my friend Anna Ryder Richardson when she had her second child recently – when I was there it was yet another reminder of the fantastic work that goes on at the Queen Mother's Hospital."

John has designed the two rooms on very distinct themes, the breastfeeding room has been created as a very relaxing, soft and comfortable environment to help calm mothers who maybe be tense or worried about breastfeeding their new born baby. The cuddle room has been designed as a home from home with comfortable surroundings. The intention is to make this room feel more like a home, giving families a much needed rest from the often draining clinical environments they see their child in most often.

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Communications Manager,

0141 201 0833

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