Wonder of water births at ‘hospital more like a hotel’

September 29 2020

A FAMILY has welcomed the arrival of their fourth baby at Cossham Birth Centre in Kingswood.

Kelly and Steve Watson have good reason to be  grateful for the midwife-led birth centre at Kingswood's Cossham Hospital - their four sons, Jax, Harley, Logan and baby Reggie have  all come into the world there through water births.

Kelly and Steve Watson’s fourth son, Reggie, was born in August weighing 7lb 2oz. Kelly and Steve are full of praise for the midwives who have helped them over the past seven years.

Their first child, Jax, was born in September 2013 after the opening of the midwife-led unit, run by North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT). He was followed by Harley in July 2015 and Logan in December 2017.

All four children arrived via water birth, and Kelly said she chose Cossham because of the relaxed atmosphere.

“I wanted to avoid an epidural and liked the idea of a water birth,” she said.

“Cossham feels more like a hotel than a hospital and I liked that my husband could stay overnight.

“The midwives were brilliant at all four births. They made me feel relaxed and couldn't have done any more for me.”

“I was definitely going back, it’s so lovely. I recommend it to all my friends who have babies.”

Cossham Birth Centre is suitable for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies. 2,466 babies have been born since it opened its doors in 2013.

If complications arise during labour, mother and child will be transferred by ambulance to Southmead Hospital, which has emergency facilities. 

Steve and Kelly Watson after the birth of their fourth son

NBT says women giving birth at Cossham can now expect a named midwife throughout all stages of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. They will be seen by a team of up to eight midwives, including their named midwife and have a point of contact 24 hours a day all week.

There is also a continuity of care team at Southmead Health Centre and at Cadbury Heath Healthcare.  The specialist Cedar team for women who need extra support is being developed, with more teams being rolled out across NBT maternity services.

Cossham senior midwife, Victoria Fallows, said: “It is so lovely that the Watsons have had all four of their babies at Cossham since we opened. It’s wonderful that Kelly has had such a great experience with her births here and is recommending us to her friends.”

Sandra Reading, NBT’s director of midwifery, NICU and gynaecology, added: “We get such great feedback from women who have had their babies at Cossham’s midwife-led birth bentre and we know they find it a very special place. If you think you might like to have your baby with us at Cossham speak to your midwife.”

For more information about Continuity of Care visit www.nbt.nhs.uk/news-media/latest-news/nbt-now-providing-women-a-named-midwife-throughout-their-pregnancy-journey

Reggie Watson, who weighed in at 7lb 2oz