Parents-to-be in Watford General Hospital will soon be benefiting from a thoughtful £2,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead. Their gift will help to create a more homely environment on the maternity unit for women in labour and for their partners.
Now the midwifery team will be able to buy a birthing stool, which some women find more conducive to labour, and an iPod docking station, so that they can listen to their own music choices and aid relaxation. Some new seating will also now be possible to enhance the waiting area for families.
Hemel Rotary Club also wanted to acknowledge that pregnancy can sometimes end in sadness. Members were keen that their donation should also help with training, so staff can develop their knowledge and skills and provide even higher quality, sensitive care when a baby dies.
Samantha Behagg, Bereavement midwife (pictured), said: “We are so grateful for this kind donation as it means we will be able to provide even better care to parents in the very best, and the very worst, of times. So I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts”.