The two new baths ready to be sent out to Abu Dhabi, shortly before being wrapped and crated. A video tour / final inspection of the baths. The steps and related equipment are boxed seperately.
Softbirth© have just launched their range of soft furnishings for the birthing room. The most exciting piece being their birthing couch kit.
With its simple yet innovative design, its segments can be moved around to suit the needs of the moment. The stool segment pulls out to give a seat for the midwife or birth partner. The recess can be used for the mother to kneel – a kneeling mat is included for comfort. Other couches charge for other items, such as inserts, as an optional extra whereas they are included in the price of the Softbirth couch.
The foam used is very firm for safety’ s sake but it is topped off with memory foam to give a very comfortable feel. The comfort is enhanced as the design tries to get away from the ‘clinical look’ whilst still being suitable for the birth room. Its approximate dimensions are 2m x 1m x 0.45m. And whilst it is firm and stable, it is not heavy or cumbersome like other similar products. It can be easily moved and deployed or put aside to clear space.
The cover is hospital grade and has welded seams and is fully cleanable. The cover is zipped so that it can be replaced and to enable inspection (the inner of the cloth is white so that any ‘strike-through’ can be quickly spotted. The zips are covered by hygiene flaps. The couch can come in mid-lilac as shown or navy blue and replacement covers can be purchased either with the couch or later as a replacement.
Another optional extra is the comfort cushions set consisting of a pillow, a square cushion and a cylinder-cushion. Larger versions of these cushions are available.
For prices, click here.
We had an email that came via the midwives of the Morecambe Bay Trust in response to our installation of a Canberra birth bath at Barrow (Furness General)
To whom it may concern,
I have seen pictures of the new birth pool in Furness Hospital on your website it looks fantastic. We are looking at developing a water birth service in our hospital in Limerick in the Republic of Ireland.
We would like to get some information and details of the birthing pool.
I would be delighted if you could supply some information in relation to the birthing pool company and specification that was used.
The full text of the speech ‘What’s So Difficult About Continuity of Carer’, given by Ruth Weston at #AIMStalk, York can be found via the link in the tweet.
— @bornstroppy (@bornstroppy) November 23, 2015
Ruth will be giving a speech at the AIMS Conference in York University on the afternoon of Saturday 21st. The text of it will be posted here but in the meantime…
— Aquabirths Ltd (@aquabirths) November 20, 2015
A packed-out conference on waterbirth and normality held in Shipley, with such speakers as Dianne Garland and consultant midwife Alison Brown. A fuller report to follow but here are some of the tweets…
— LUU Midwifery Soc (@LUUMidwiferySoc) November 14, 2015
— Michelle Bromley (@SnowdropDoula) November 14, 2015
— Joanne Yeates (@jojoyeates) November 14, 2015
Love diane – not just about waterbirth but also normality.
— Aquabirths Ltd (@aquabirths) November 14, 2015
There was also the launch of BirthSoft for reasonably priced birth couches, mats, etc.
Though I’m proud of our bath, this article is about Estates Management.
Furness General is part of the Morcambe Bay Trust and includes Lancaster Royal and the Westmorland (Kendal). Lancaster had a Canberra bath in 2011, and Kendal in early 2014.
All works to the rooms (new flooring, lighting, fittings, etc) have been overseen by their Estate Manager, Paul Coward. If you are wondering how to go about a refit of a birth room or the installation of a birthing pool, I’d recommend you have a word with Paul as we never have jobs that run smoother than his.
Whilst we offer an installation service, it is possible to hire our expert plumber for consultation, so that he can advise or work alongside your plumber on site. And now, we also offer training in fitting our birthing pools and Aquabirths accredited plumbers would then be eligible for a 10% discount on our baths.
Installed at Lancaster Royal Infirmary in December 2012 , then another at the Westmoreland (Kendal) in March 2014 and now there is one at Furness General. All these are within the Morecambe Bay Trust where we have been working with the same Estates Manager throughout. If there is an Estate Manager who wants to check how to have things ready for the installation of a birthing pool, contact Paul – he has it down to a T!
We’re very proud to be sponsoring the water birth conference in November. Come along and have an inspirational day with like minded people, we’ll all be learning lots, too, because the agenda is filled with fantastic speakers!
Hosted by Dianne Garland, whose amazing training days regularly sell out, we also have sessions by Alison Brown, Emma Ashworth and free birther Jo Whistler.
There’ll be more details near the time, but get in touch for your tickets… email@example.com