“This is a really exciting investment as part of RCHT’s Better Births project,” explains RCHT’s Head of Midwifery, Jane Urben. “We want to offer women and parents as much choice as possible and we know that having a homely and relaxed atmosphere can support a less stressful experience and reduces the likelihood of clinical interventions.
“Following the opening of the Birth Centre in Truro, and with improved facilities and a re-established 24-hour midwife service at Penrice in St Austell, we now want to make sure women in the West of the county have local access to a similarly welcoming and up-to-date Birth Centre.”
The Birth Centre at Helston will have a new, more comfortable birth pool and better parent facilities and will be an ideal choice for low risk births where new mums and their partner will stay for a few hours before returning to the comfort of their own home.
Although the extensive nature of the building work does mean the Helston Birth Centre is currently closed to births, the midwives are still supporting home births in the area and parents can also use the Birth Centre in Truro if they wish. It is due to reopen towards the end of the summer, when the team of midwives and midwifery support workers is looking forward to a relaunch and open day.
“Once the work is completed we’ll be holding a community celebration, inviting parents and families to see the brilliant new environment where they will be able to receive care during pregnancy, birth and for support afterward.”
The refurbishment of the Birth Centre in Helston is positive example of how Cornwall’s health and care system ‘Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership’ plans are improving and expanding the services provided closer to home in local communities.