EXPECTANT mums are being given more choice over where they have their baby, thanks to a new birthing pool.
The installation at the University Hospital of North Durham adds to the services for mums-to-be by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which is in the top 10 in England for maternity services, according to a recent survey by the Care Quality Commission.
New mum Donna Bennett, of East Rainton, who recently welcomed second baby Isobelle into the world, was the first woman to give birth in the new facility, and said she had a “wonderful experience”.
“I had such a difficult birth when my first baby, Ethan, was born,” she said.
“So I was nervous about having Isobelle, but I didn’t need to be worried, everything was fantastic.”
Water births, which are classed as low risk, are supported by both the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Royal College of Midwives. Advocates believe that giving birth in water results in a more relaxed, less painful experience which can reduce the risks of tearing and reduces the need for episiotomy.
Maternity matron at University Hospital Durham, Lesley Heelbeck, said staff are “delighted” to unveil the new birthing pool.
“We look forward to many new mums using the facility,” she said.