Cheltenham Birth Centre Picnic

21/09/12

Midwives and staff at the Cheltenham Birth Centre are celebrating with a picnic in Sandford Park on Sunday 23rd September between midday and 3pm.

Tea, coffee and home baked cakes will be served to many of the families who have experienced the great facilities and personal service offered by the unit.

The midwife led facility in the St Paul’s Wing of Cheltenham General Hospital was opened after the maternity service underwent a major reconfiguration in early 2011. Since it opened, 725 babies have been born there - or as the balloons for the event term it: ‘Made in Cheltenham’. 

Dawn Morrall, Assistant Director of Midwifery & Nursing said:

The picnic is open to parents-to-be as well as our Made in Cheltenham babies, with many of our community midwives extending invitations to their expectant mothers. 

“Parents-to-be are invited to come along, meet our midwives and ask them anything!  They are more than welcome to request a tour of the fantastic facilities in the home-from-home birth unit on the day.”

The picnic will be held in the area of Sandford Park closest to the hospital, and if poor weather threatens the picnic, proceedings will move inside the unit to the parentcraft room.

Testimonials from recent users continue to praise the experiences they’ve had there:

“We had only heard good things about Cheltenham Birth Centre, but our experience far exceeded our expectations. We shall be forever grateful.”

“We were instantly put at ease on our arrival and were touched by the personal care and attention we received, thank you for giving us a positive start to parenthood.”

“I felt safe and that my baby was safe throughout labour, I can’t thank you enough for all your support and encouragement...it means the world!! I will definitely be back.”

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has three birth units, at Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud. All of the units have been designed to provide an intimate, comfortable sanctuary where women can labour privately with the support of their birth partner and a midwife.