First baby born in new Midwife-Led Suite room at King’s
06 February 2014 - The Beach Room welcomed its first baby on Tuesday 28 January
At precisely 8.47 am on Tuesday 28 January, proud parents Suzanne and James Vincent welcomed their daughter Beatrice into the world. Though four days later than expected, Beatrice, who weighed 8.6 lbs., timed her arrival to perfection as she became the first baby to be born in the Beach Room, one of two rooms in the new Midwife-Led Suite at King’s College Hospital.
The suite includes the Beach Room and the Woodland Room, and both rooms feature a birthing pool and a double bed, as well as a support sling that enables women to maintain an upright position when giving birth, which can help with the pain of labour. Run entirely by midwives, the suite is designed to be a more relaxed place for women with low risk pregnancies to give birth.
Teresa Arias, Consultant Midwife at King’s, said: “Each room offers a calming environment to women who are anticipating an uncomplicated labour and birth, and evidence has shown that this kind of setting can increase the likelihood of women having a normal birth”.
Locals Suzanne and James, who live in Camberwell, praised the new facilities that King’s has to offer expectant parents. Suzanne, 40, said: “The Beach Room has a calm and quiet atmosphere, which really helped me to relax. Thanks to the comforting environment and the guidance of the midwives, labour was much quicker and less stressful second time round”.
James, 42, was “as high as a kite” following the birth of his second child and said that it was “amazing” to discover that Beatrice was the first child to be born in the suite.
As one of London’s leading maternity hospitals, King’s cares for more than 6,000 mothers and babies each year.
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