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Cathy unveils redesigned midwife-led unit

Posted: 22 May 2014 by Julie Griffiths

A West Midlands midwife-led unit (MLU) that received a £41,000 facelift was officially opened yesterday (21 May) by RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick.

Russells Hall Hospital MLU unveiling
Cathy cutting the ribbon at the unveiling of the redesigned MLU at Russells Hall Hospital
The unit at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, will give local women a more homely setting for giving birth.

Following the unveiling ceremony, Cathy was given a tour of the unit by The Dudley Group’s HoM Steph Mansell. They were joined by a team of midwives led by matron Yvonne Jones and lead midwife manager Andrea Batty.

‘Our priority is to help ensure all women who visit the unit have the very best possible care and the developments in the MLU will contribute to this greatly,’ said Steph.

The MLU has been redesigned for maximum comfort. It benefits from subdued lighting, inspirational artwork by local artists and a variety of birthing balls, stools, mats and bean bags.

It also has an extra multi track unit to keep women comfortable while maintaining the optimum position for effective labour.

Funding for the unit came from a government grant.

Cathy said: ‘The trust and the midwifery team should be applauded for demonstrating such commitment in securing this investment in their maternity services. This year the trust were the winners of an RCM award, so we know what excellent work is being done to deliver better care and improve the experience for women in Dudley.’

The unit works closely with community midwives to create individual care plans for the some 4500 women who give birth there every year.

The maternity services have been successful again this year in securing more government grant and will be improving services for supporting bereaved families, as well as facilities for partners.