New birthing pools unveiled at Stroud Maternity Unit


Two new birth suites will today be unveiled at Stroud Maternity Unit, each with its own new birthing pool, kitchenette area and en-suite bath/shower room.

Stroud League of Friends has been working alongside the Trust to make the maternity unit more homely and have received support from individuals and  other organisations to raise part of the funds for two birthing pools and other furnishings.

Stroud League of Friends Administrator Susan Strongitharm explains: “Once the work at Stroud Maternity Hospital is fully completed, partners will be able to stay overnight following the birth of their children on three recliner chairs as well as benefitting from new furnishings throughout and a sofa in the dayroom.

“We believe this will help make this important maternity unit even more homely, with its caring environment provided by highly skilled midwifery staff. We hope that all this work will encourage more women to choose Stroud Maternity Hospital for their births.”

Lead Midwife Sue Hill thanked the League of Friends and the local community for their continued support.

She said: “Without this support we could not make the environment in Stroud Maternity as welcoming and comfortable as it now is. Without their generosity we would not have been able to fit two new birthing pools into the suites as part of the refurbishment”.

Stroud Hospitals League of Friends was supported by funds from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme. The League has been chosen for a donation from Waitrose on a number of occasions as well as receiving a donation from Waitrose staff on the occasion of the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

Waitrose Community Matters scheme supports good causes such as Stroud Hospitals League of Friends and customers decide who gets a Waitrose donation.  Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between three local good causes that customers have chosen.  At checkout each customer receives a token which they can place in the box of the good cause they would most like to support.  The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation the cause receives. Mrs Muriel Cook is also a regular customer at Waitrose.   When she celebrated her 100th birthday in October 2012 staff at Waitrose presented her with a bouquet of flowers and she very kindly donated a share of her 100th birthday present monies to the League of Friends.

A representative from Waitrose will be joined by Mrs Muriel Cook, to formally present the pools to the hospital.