New hospital birthing pool for mums to be

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A maternity unit used by South Holland mums is to have a new birthing pool.

Pilgrim Hospital at Boston is getting almost £89,500 to build the pool, which can make labour less stressful and painful.

And the hospital is about to relax its rules so new dads can stay overnight.

The pool is part of a £25million Department of Health programme for maternity services at 100 hospitals.

Health Minister Dr Ian Poulter said the cash will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services.

Dr Poulter said: “Maternity units have had to show evidence that they asked mums and dads about what changes they need to make – so we know these are the changes local people really want to see.”

Friday (February 1) sees Pilgrim allowing partners to stay overnight with new mums for the first time.

Until now all partners visiting antenatal and postnatal wards were only allowed to visit between 9am and 9pm.

Pilgrim maternity ward sister Bev Pearson said: “We wanted to ensure that partners could be present to support the ladies during their stay in hospital both before and after the birth of the baby, including helping the women to care for the baby overnight when it is most difficult for them.

“This means they can stay more as a family unit rather than the partner being sent off home in the evening.

“We will be providing comfy chairs by every bedside for the partners to stay in.”

The new chairs are being bought out of Department of Health funds given to the hospital to improve the birthing environment there.