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DHSS thanks Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust 30 November 2005

    The Department of Health and Social Security would like to thank the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust for generously financing the purchase and installation of the Jane Crookall Maternity Unit’s birthing pool.

    The staff are absolutely delighted that the Hospital now has this facility for women on the Isle of Man. Previously women requesting a water labour/birth have had to hire the pool themselves which was transportable and could be very costly (£500-600). Now women on the Island have this as a choice.

    Steve Rodan, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security said, “Our Midwives are extremely proud and excited that we now have this facility for the Island. It will certainly enhance the choice and care we provide to parents–to-be. Our grateful thanks go to the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trustees who have made this possible”.

    The Trustees were recently invited to the unveiling of the pool in the Jane Crookall Maternity Unit. Jane Sloane, Head of Midwifery, says, “The Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust approached us in 2003 to enquire if there was anything specific that the Maternity Unit was keen to purchase to improve care for women in the future. Although we had just moved into a wonderful new unit, a birthing pool room had not been in the original plans and it was becoming more and more in demand. Mary Kelly, a Trustee, said that she would discuss it at the next Board Meeting and we prepared a Business Case. We are delighted that they wished to purchase and install the birthing pool for us. It’s a fantastic addition to our facility”.

    The Midwives have been very excited about this project and have worked extremely hard together with a team from the Estates Directorate, Infection Control, Linen Services, and moving and handling co-ordinators to enable the pool to be up and running.

    The Midwifery Working Party has been headed by Lead Midwife Sue Kirk, who has shown enormous positive energy from the beginning. Sue, with other Midwives from the unit, Debbie Callister and Barbara Roberts, firstly travelled around North West hospitals looking at their birthing pools, listening to positives and the challenges of installing a pool. They then came back and designed the pool room and chose the best pool for the unit.

    All Midwives have received initial training in waterbirths from two experienced Midwife Lecturers from Bournemouth. There are around seven Midwives at present who are experienced in waterbirths and they will be ‘buddying up’ with other Midwives for support. Jane added, “I am sure it will be appreciated that it will be an ongoing process to ensure that all Midwives are happy and confident in their practice to undertake waterbirths as it is a completely new concept here on the Island”.

    Patients in the past have kindly donated money specifically towards a pool, and the unit has purchased accessories such as a bespoke pine dresser and towelling dressing gowns, etc., and would like to say thank you.

    30th November 2005

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