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A new midwife-led birth unit at Frimley Park Hospital has welcomed its first arrival this week – a baby boy called Ethan. Weighing in at five pounds and three ounces, Ethan Thomas Aldridge was the first baby born in the new Mulberry Birth Centre – part of the newly refurbished labour ward at the Surrey hospital. He is the first baby for mum and dad Sarah and Daniel Aldridge
The couple moved to the area recently and chose Frimley Park to have their first baby because it had been recommended by friends. The maternity services were also praised as part of the recent Care Quality Commission report which awarded the hospital with the first ‘Outstanding’ rating in the country.
The Mulberry Birth Centre offers a choice for women with low-risk pregnancies. The new suite has four fully fitted rooms, each with an en suite bathroom. There is also a birthing pool and a second pool room in another part of the ward can be used if the unit is busy. The rooms are designed to encourage active birthing, with slings and exercise balls to assist labour. The completion of the Mulberry Birth Centre marks the end of a 19 month project to upgrade the entire labour ward.
The Mulberry Birth Centre is located in what used to be the Special Care Baby Unit. A new neonatal unit, kitted out with equipment raised by the community through a fundraising appeal, was formally opened by HRH the Countess of Wessex across the corridor.