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Birth Unit prepares for 1000th baby

08/05/13

UPDATE: BABY CLEO MARKED THE 1000TH BIRTH AT THE UNIT ON 12TH MAY. SHE AND HER FAMILY WERE PRESENTED WITH A SPECIAL GIFT TO MARK THE OCCASION

Midwives and staff at the Cheltenham Birth Centre are looking forward to welcoming their 1000th baby.

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, the number of women choosing to have their babies at the centre has exceeded expectations.

Lead Midwife at the Centre Hazel Williams said: “Becoming a parent is one of the most important and exciting experiences we have in our lives. Having the right support and care can make all the difference to the experience and our home-from-home birth centre and lovely team of experienced midwives can provide the right care. We have a fantastic facility here in Cheltenham and our whole team will be delighted to see our 1000th baby.”

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.