Maternity unit upgrade to make labour more relaxing

By Matthew Bates Monday 28 January 2013 Updated: 05/02 08:19

Latest News

Buy photos » University Hospital. 37.011.040.cov.jm1

AN UPGRADED maternity unit will help make labour more relaxing for mums-to-be at University Hospital in Coventry.

A government health minister visited the Walsgrave site to announce maternity unit upgrades at over 100 hospitals. The Coventry hospital has been handed £746,448 - more than any other hospital in the region.

Dr Dan Poulter revealed a £25 million pot would be shared by the sites, with the hospital - where Rugby mothers give birth - aiming to install new units in a bid to make labour at hospital more like a home birth.

Four new birthing pools have also been earmarked for the hospital to add to the one already installed.

Dr Poulter said: "A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but it can present a real challenge for mums and families, particularly those experiencing it for the first time.

"These will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.

“Maternity units have had to show evidence that they asked mums and dads about what changes they need to make – so we know these are the changes local people really want to see.”

Bids for cash under the fund were judged by a panel including representatives from the Royal College of Midwives.

Chief executive Cathy Warwick added: "It is great to learn about the positive changes that this extra £25 million will make to many units up and down the country."

Share This

Regional news »


Coventry Observer
Farce as Coventry MP Geoffrey Robinson u-turns on resignation plan

Coventry North west Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson has sensationally abandoned ...

Solihull Observer
Solar Eclipse plunged Solihull into morning twilight

THE HEAVEN’S above were the focus for thousands of Silhillians ...

Leamington Observer
UKIP Alastair MacBrayne

I AM a local man and I joined UKIP with, ...

Stratford Observer
More houses needed to make Core Strategy sound

MORE homes than originally planned will need to be built ...