Princess Royal meets midwives at Cossham

April 14 2016

MIDWIVES at Cossham Birth Centre welcomed a special arrival when they were visited by the Princess Royal.

princess royal at cossham hospital

MIDWIVES at Cossham Birth Centre welcomed a special arrival when they were visited by the Princess Royal.
The Princess visited the midwife-led birth centre in Kingswood in her role as patron of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
Cossham Birth Centre is part of North Bristol NHS Trust and was the first free-standing, midwife-led birth centre in Bristol. It opened in January 2013 and since then has welcomed the arrival of hundreds of babies.
Princess Anne saw the facilities, which include four en-suite rooms, water pools in every birthing room, communal facilities for partners, as well as aids to labour such as TENS machines and aromatherapy treatments.
During her time at the birth centre - which was rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission in their inspection report published last year - she met maternity staff and mothers who shared their stories and experiences.
The visit highlighted the excellent work being done by midwives at the unit to personalise the care women receive.
Cathy Warwick, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “The RCM is really happy that The Princess Royal visited Cossham Birth Centre. It was a great opportunity to display the wonderful work that midwives and maternity staff do here.”
Lisa Marshall, head of midwifery at North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Cossham Birth Centre, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome The Princess Royal to our outstanding birth centre.
“She took the time to meet all the staff and took a very detailed interest in the work that has been undertaken here, particularly our focus on FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) training to enable women from all parts of our local community to use our services.”
North Bristol NHS Trust Chief Executive, Andrea Young, added: “The Princess Royal was very informed and spent a lot of time talking to everyone including cleaners, catering and security staff and the League of Friends.
“It was particularly good to talk to her about our work around FGM for which we have been leading the way.”