A midwife has spent more than £1,000 of her own money to refurbish five birthing suites at a Birmingham hospital.
The rooms at City Hospital’s integrated birth centre, within its maternity unit, have been redecorated at the expense of consultant midwife Kathryn Gutteridge, through her work with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and donations received for complimentary therapies.
Expectant mothers can now relax into their labour in one of four floral rooms – bluebell, lavender, poppy and rose – or an ocean-themed suite with a birthing pool.
Ms Gutteridge, consultant midwife for Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Giving birth is a celebration and I want every woman who comes through our door to have a great experience on the day they will remember for the rest of their lives.
“Many women choose to have a natural birth and these newly refurbished suites help women to fulfil this potential in a relaxed, vibrant environment. When you walk into any of the new rooms you don’t first see a bed, but a tranquil space which instantly calms even the most nervous mum to be.
“By being more active, women can progress through their labour more easily, so our rooms are large with a number of options for women to choose their preferred position.
Ms Gutteridge is keen that the public should help name the revamped facility. The winner will be invited to unveil a plaque at the unit.
Anyone wishing to suggest a name can write to Kathryn Gutteridge, Consultant Midwife (Maternity), City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH, or email email@example.com.