Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden, attended the opening of a new set of birthing rooms at the Crowborough Birth Centre, part of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.
Nus met with staff, as well as former and current patients, who discussed their experiences of the birth centre, before tea and cake were served to celebrate the new updated rooms.
Nus joined local Councillor Richard Hallett, who is Director and Treasurer of the Community Hospitals Association. Cllr. Hallett was previously awarded an MBE for his services to Midwifery and Parents.
Also in attendance was the actress Melody Grove, who had starred in Call The Midwife, the hit BBC show, and who had recently had a baby at the Centre. The Centre has undergone significant refurbishment since becoming part of the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.
The Centre provides care for women throughout their pregnancy journey, and offers a variety of ante-natal and post-natal services, as well as multiple beds for births. Its midwife-led birthing service is proven to result in better outcomes for mothers, and also frees up the capacity of specialist obstetricians to focus on more complex, and potentially dangerous, births elsewhere.
Nusrat Ghani, MP for Wealden, said: “I am delighted to see these new rooms at the Crowborough Birth Centre, providing additional options and capacity for expectant mothers across the South East. The NHS Long Term plan, pioneered under this government, places particular emphasis on birth and early years care, and I am delighted to see the fruits of that locally.
“With additional training, certification, and resources available to obstetricians, midwifes, nurses, and vital NHS support staff, it is clear that the Conservative Party is putting mothers, and the NHS, first.
“I was thrilled to be able to talk to new mothers, expectant mothers, and staff about the fantastic care that they are receiving in Crowborough, and I look forward to returning soon.
“Congratulations on the new rooms, which make such a wonderful addition to the services available here.”
(1) “Crowborough Birth Centre Cake Cutting” – Nus, staff, and Melody Groves cut the cake to celebrate the re-opening of the Crowborough Birth Centre.
(2) “Crowborough Birth Centre Red Ribbon Cutting” – Nus, Cllr. Richard Hallett, Melody Groves and staff cut the ribbon to formally re-open the Crowborough Birth Centre.