Hannah Seeley Birthing Pool opens
A new birthing pool created in the memory of a much-loved midwife will be officially opened on Monday (29 September) thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts of her family and friends.
The pool has been installed in the newly-renamed Hannah Seeley Room in West Suffolk Hospital's Midwifery-Led Birthing Unit (MLBU). It has been paid for with £30,000 raised by Hannah's fiancé Mark Wade and parents Karen and Kevin, along with £50,000 from the hospital.
The family chose to fundraise for a second birthing pool to give more women the chance to deliver in water after the hospital's existing pool proved extremely popular. During the opening, they will unveil a special glass etching featuring a poem they have chosen to celebrate Hannah's memory.
Patricia Davis, head of midwifery at the hospital, said: "We are delighted that work on the Hannah Seeley Room is now complete and look forward to welcoming Hannah's parents and fiancé to the hospital on Monday.
"Lots of women like to give birth using a pool as it makes them more comfortable while helping with pain relief. We are really pleased that this new pool will give even more women the chance to give birth this way.
"We are very grateful to Hannah's family and friends for their fantastic fundraising efforts. Not only will the new pool make a big difference to lots of women in the future, but will also ensure that Hannah's memory continues to live on."