Fundraising for Maternity Care
Maternity care involves not only about the birth itself, but supporting women throughout their entire pregnancy, from conception to birth. This care can take place in a wide variety of settings, both in the community and within the hospital itself.
Birmingham Women's is a centre of excellence providing specialist healthcare for women and their families in the West Midlands. Our care ranges from routine antenatal and postnatal to specialist maternal medicine, consisting of clinics to manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and drug and alcohol issues.
We have recently opened a brand new Assessment and Birthing Centre within the hospital which has enabled us to increase our capacity to 8,000 births a year, making us one of the largest single site providers of maternity care in the country.
The new Assessment and Birthing Centre includes:
- A new Day Assessment Unit with additional rooms
- Additional Triage assessment rooms and improvement of facilities
- Beds for induction of labour which reduce the pressure on antenatal inpatient beds
- New recovery beds for women who have had operations in obstetric theatres
- A new Fetal Medicine Department with more space (using the new space in the Day Assessment Unit)
- A larger obstetrics High Dependency Unit facility with a third high dependency room
- Modernisation of the teaching room and clinical offices on the Delivery Suite
- A new entrance and shared reception for the maternity department with clear signs.
- A new Gynaecology Elective Extended Recovery Unit in the area currently occupied by the Early Pregancy Assessment Unit.
Work on The new Fetal Medicine Department has also now been completed and the Maternity Directorate are looking to invest in vital equipment to maintain the excellent quality of care we give new mothers and babies.
What kind of equipment is needed?
- At present our infant feeding and support team deliver specialist education and advice to new mothers and families. To continue to maintain a quality service the team require new equipment including breast pumps and educational aids such as breastfeeding dolls.
- New infant warmers - these machines allow us to keep babies warm once they are delivered.
- New High Dependency and Day Assessment monitors.
- New x-ray machines to replace ageing equipment in our Radiology Department.
- New scanners for use in Delivery Suite and in our Fetal Medicine Department,
Help us fundraise for the Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charities and provide this vital equipment for the new Assessment and Birthing Centre.
A Few Words from Tracey Johnson, Clinical Director of Maternity and Fetal Medicine
“…Women in the area often chose Birmingham Women’s Hospital as their first choice to have their baby. In the past our popularity has meant we have reluctantly had to decline some women at booking to allow us to maintain quality and safety. The increased capacity that the new facility brings means that more women will have their first choice of Hospital.
We are really excited about the new centre and continuing to give the best possible care to new mothers and their babies.”