WORK has begun on a new birthing centre set to benefit families in Alcester, Studley and beyond, giving more choice to women on where to deliver their babies.
The new midwifery-led birthing centre, being built on site at Warwick Hospital by Speller Metcalfe, will offer expectant parents the opportunity to have their babies in a more homely environment than a hospital.
With its own separate entrance, the new unit will have four birthing rooms, with birthing pools available in all of them. There will also be a separate room for parents to relax in, as well as a private garden and the facility will be open to families across south Warwickshire.
The trust is funding the £1.6m costs to develop the centre, but a £200,000 fund-raising appeal has also been launched.
The Birth and Babies appeal will raise additional money to pay for enhanced equipment and upgraded furnishings to make the centre feel more comfortable.
Helen Lancaster, director of operations said: “This is a very exciting time for the trust.
“The start of the building work is a key milestone on the way to offering women more choice on where they give birth.
“The new maternity centre will offer great benefits to families across Warwickshire and the surrounding areas.”