Luxury maternity unit opens at Royal BerksBy Laura McCardle
September 26, 2012
Expectant mums can now give birth in the comfort of a new luxury suite at Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH).
Rushey Unit opened its doors to the public for the first time on Monday, September 3.
The state-of-the-art facility comprises a triage area, an early labour lounge and four birthing suites.
Women who think they are in labour call the ward and speak to a dedicated midwife who will assess the situation and decide whether or not they need to come to the hospital.
Any mums-to-be who visit the unit will be examined in a private triage room, where birthing plans and pain management will be discussed if they are displaying signs of labour.
Women who are not quite in labour but who are unsure about what to do can wait in a comfortable lounge area for up to four hours, while expectant mums will be taken through to the birthing centre.
There are four delivery suites designed to make the experience of giving birth as relaxing as possible.
The rooms are decorated in keeping with their theme – either spring, summer, winter or autumn – and have mood lighting which women can adjust to suit how they feel.
The suites were built to be less clinical so all beds and emergency treatment facilities are folded up and concealed within the walls.
They also feature en-suite bathrooms, which include a hair-dryer and televisions with DVD and i-Pod facilities.
Asked about the feedback the unit has received from new mums, Jean Sangha, matron, said: “They’ve loved it. I think it is the environment.
“They automatically feel as soon as they come through the door, it just gives you that relaxed atmosphere.
“Not having things on show helps them feel more in control.
“Here you have to have some sort of formality but we are trying to create a home from home. The women love it and the staff love it and I think that all helps to reach that positivity for women as well."
Alexandra Kedzierska, from Coley Park, gave birth to baby boy Jan last Wednesday in the autumn-themed suite.
The 31-year-old said she found the design of the room very relaxing and that the facility was “absolutely brilliant”.