Cossham Birth Centre celebrates 39 babies in its first month and welcomes back the first baby boy and baby girl

Friday, 1 March 2013

Cossham Birth Centre welcomed back the first baby boy and first baby girl to be born in the area’s first free standing birth centre, situated in the redeveloped Cossham Hospital.

Stanley Rutter was born on January 29 – a day after Cossham Birth Centre officially opened – weighing 5lbs and 13oz to parents Laura Caseley and Carl Rutter from Brislington.

And on February 3 Cossham Birth Centre welcomed its first baby girl when Freya Ware was born weighing 6lbs 3oz to parents Andrea Summers and Michael Ware, from Bishopston. 

The babies and their parents returned to the centre on March 1 to mark the historic moment of the first ever births at Cossham Hospital.

To date 39 babies have now been born at Cossham Birth Centre.

Yvonne Creed, midwife manager at Cossham Birth Centre, said: “The first Cossham babies are now a month old and we are so thrilled to welcome them back.

“Our first month of opening has been fantastic – we welcomed 39 babies into the world and parents have absolutely loved the facilities we have here and the homely setting that we can offer.

“It is truly an historic moment – not only as Cossham Birth Centre is the first of its kind in the Bristol area but also because although Cossham Hospital is over 100 years old this is the first time that babies have been born here.”

Situated on the top floor of the newly refurbished Cossham Hospital, it will be the first free standing birth centre in the area where healthy women with a straightforward pregnancy in Bristol and South Gloucestershire can give birth.

The refurbishment of Cossham Hospital, which was opened in 1907, was undertaken by NHS South Gloucestershire, and services at the hospital will be run by North Bristol NHS Trust.

The birth centre’s four birthing rooms each have a pool offering all women the opportunity to use water for labour and birth as well as additional birthing aids to support the natural process of childbirth.

The rooms are comfortably furnished with double beds, sofas and en-suite facilities to provide a homely and intimate atmosphere.

Aromatherapy will be available to help women relax and relieve symptoms during labour.

For fathers/partners, there are overnight stay options with open kitchen, bathroom and visiting facilities.

The Cossham Birth Centre project grew from the Birth Centre Bristol campaign, started by midwives in 2001 to establish one or more NHS Birth Centres.

Hundreds of women from across Bristol supported the campaign and a petition was presented to the local PCTs in 2005.

Cossham Birth Centre is part of an important drive to offer women more choice in where and how they can give birth and in promoting natural childbirth for women with uncomplicated pregnancies.