23 January 2019

CEO of Royal College of Midwives officially opens new birthing pools at Jessop Wing

Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives has officially opened the new birthing pools at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing.

Gill joined staff at the renowned unit which is part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to mark the official opening of the three new state-of-the-art pool rooms.

Kirsten Major, Interim Chief Executive at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were delighted to welcome Gill to the Jessop Wing to mark the opening of the birthing pools and to celebrate the incredible fundraising efforts which have enabled us to give more women the option of a pool birth here in Sheffield.”

The development was made possible thanks to the Sheffield Hospitals Charity’s huge fundraising appeal which has raised £300,000 in response to a growing number of mums-to-be who are choosing water as their primary pain relief when giving birth.

David Reynolds, Executive Director at Sheffield Hospitals Charity, said: “With thanks to our generous supporters, we have reached our target in just under a year after launching the appeal. Their support will help to ensure that the Jessop Wing continues to be one of the best maternity hospitals in the country.”

The cutting edge birthing pool rooms are complete with fully accessible ergonomic pools, sympathetic décor and dimmable LED lighting to help give parents the most relaxing experience possible.

Alison Brodrick, Consultant Midwife at the Jessop Wing, said: “It’s fantastic to have these new pools available for our mums and the feedback we have received so far is incredible. The use of water is one of the simplest forms of pain relief available to women it has no side effects; It can also reduce the length of labour and the need for further pain-relieving drugs in many cases.”

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