"Helston Birth Centre"
About: Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) Truro TR1 3LJ
What a disappointment. We were looking forward to having a tour of a homely, beautiful birth space with soft furnishings, lovely lighting and a welcoming atmosphere.
Instead, what you get is a cold-feeling clinical hospital room with a pool simply plonked in the middle of it. This is not a 'birth centre'.
There is absolutely no need for a hospital bed, thin NHS curtains, cylinders and resus on show, or for clinical stock to be stored in the en-suite.
In my work I have visited many birth centres up-country and feel that the designer of Helston Birth Centre has rather spectacularly missed the point entirely.
I recommend that whoever is responsible attends further training on woman-friendly birth environments and how this leads to better outcomes. They could also do with learning from the examples of their colleagues in other hospital trusts.
I do hope the new birth centre at Treliske will have more thought given to it.