Spice girl Emma Bunton visits Southmead Hospital’s maternity unit to support Mum’s the Word Appeal

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Baby Spice Emma Bunton toured the maternity unit at Southmead Hospital today (Wednesday November 6) to meet staff, mums and newborn babies and support the Mum’s the Word appeal.

Spice girl Emma Bunton adds her balloon to the Mum's the Word muralEmma added her own hot air balloon to the Mum’s the Word donor wall – a colourful five metre long mural of hot air balloons flying over a typical Bristol scene by local artist Hannah Broadway.

Parents or families of babies born at Southmead can make a donation to have their child’s name added to a balloon to commemorate their day of birth.

After adding her balloon, Emma toured some of the birthing rooms and popped into the staff room to have a slice of cake and a cup of tea with midwives and doctors taking a break. 

Ann Remmers, director of midwifery at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “We are so delighted that Emma came to visit us and see some of the incredible work that the team does.

“It’s fantastic to have her support for the Mum’s the Word Appeal which will make a real difference to the experience of mums and dads in maternity Southmead Hospital. 

“ItSpice girl Emma Bunton meets staff on the maternity unit at Southmead Hospital. was great that the One Born Every Minute cameras were also here to capture this event and we’re looking forward to seeing the episode with Emma next year.”

The Mum’s the Word appeal is raising funds to help redevelop the maternity unit at Southmead hospital.

The plans include an expanded birthing suite, more consultation rooms for baby scans and a greater number of en-suite facilities for new mums.

The funds will also help refurbish the delivery suite and create a new family room for mothers, babies and their visitors.

Find out more about Mum’s the Word at www.shinetogether.org.uk/mumstheword

Independent television production company Dragonfly are filming the fifth series of the hugely popular ‘One Born Every Minute’ at Southmead Hospital.

The new series will feature mums, dads, staff and babies born at Southmead Hospital during the autumn and will air early in 2014 on Channel 4.

If you’d like to take part in One Born Every Minute and are due to give birth at Southmead Hospital or Cossham Birth Centre before the end of November please contact the production team on 0117 203 34 22 or email oneborn@dragonfly.tv.