First baby born in specialist labour room at the Countess
A bonny baby boy named Charlie has become the first child to be welcomed into the world in brand new facilities here at the Countess.
Charlie Flackett, weighing eight pounds and eight ounces, was born at 00:07am on May 4 to second time parents Jennifer and Oliver Flackett in the newly refurbished high risk labour and delivery room.
This room, equipped with mood lighting and waterbirth facilities has been designed for those women who are classed as high risk and as such require additional monitoring during labour. The room supports and encourages women to achieve a normal birth in a more welcoming and homely environment; whilst being safe in the knowledge they are being monitored and any medical interventions can be carried out if necessary.
Charlie’s Mum Jennifer who required constant monitoring during her labour said, “It was like being in a hotel room; less hospital like and more relaxing. I didn’t have the option of a waterbirth with our first child and this really helped take the pressure off my back – so much better than being in bed.”
“It didn’t feel like we were in a hospital, it was about as relaxing as this situation can be,” said Oliver.
Julie Fogarty, Head of Midwifery added, “We are celebrating International Day of the Midwife today, which highlights the fantastic work midwives do all year round. This year’s theme is Women and Newborns: The Heart of Midwifery and we are delighted that our newly refurbished dedicated high risk labour and delivery room is already making a difference to the women and babies we care for.”