WORCESTERSHIRE Royal Hospital’s Meadow Birth Centre has been shortlisted for a prestigious Birth Centre of the Year award.
The centre, the first of its kind in the county, is one of just three in the country to be shortlisted for prize in the MaMa Awards 2017.
Each year the awards recognise outstanding health care environments or midwifery staff in ten different categories through entries from across the UK.
The centre is run by experienced midwives, and gives expectant mums more choice over where their baby is born and offers a comfortable environment where birth is treated as a ‘normal’ process rather than a medical one.
The four self-contained rooms have seen more than 1,500 babies born since opening in April 2015.
Parents Emma and Arron, from Worcester, decided to go to Worcestershire Royal for the birth of their first child together so they could experience the calming environment of the Meadow Birth Centre.
Emma said: “I’d heard about the Meadow Birth Centre from my friends and a local yoga class I went to.
“It really does live up to its reputation; the facilities here are fantastic and almost like a hotel.
“I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s been a truly amazing experience here.”
Dad Arron said: “It’s been great as a partner as well as I’ve been able to be so involved in it all and experience the birth in such a nice environment.
Meadow Birth Centre midwife team leader, Louise Turbutt said: “It’s a testament to the whole team and how hard everyone has worked to give mothers to have the best possible birth experience they can in a relaxing and homely environment.”