Generous donation from Glastonbury mum for Somerset birthing units - 19 December 2016

Generous donation from Glastonbury mum for Somerset birthing units - 19 December 2016

Mums who are cared for at Taunton and Bridgwater’s birthing units will notice a new addition to the wards in the form of a golden birth tree.

It is thanks to a generous mum who gave birth at Musgrove Park Hospital and was so impressed with her care that she made a donation to improve its homely look.

Claire McCadden, from Glastonbury, recently gave birth to her baby boy, Otis, at Musgrove’s Bracken birth centre.

Her donation has been used by midwives to purchase a birth tree at both Bracken birth centre and Bridgwater Community Hospital’s Mary Stanley midwifery led unit.

All births during the year are written on gold leaves that are placed on the trees.

The trees were designed and painted by Hayley Murray, midwifery team leader at Bridgwater’s Mary Stanley midwifery led unit.

“The idea of the birth tree was to allow mums and their families to become a part of our birth units by adding their personalised baby leaf to our tree, said Hayley.

“The amount of baby leaves that bloom throughout the year gives not only inspiration for baby names, but also acts as a visual aid for staff and families to see just how many deliveries we have in each unit.

“This personal sentiment was developed with help from the community midwifery team to show just how proud we, our women and their families are to be a part of promoting our birth units. We look forward to seeing our birth trees blossom bigger each year.”

Ailish Edwards, senior midwife at Musgrove Park Hospital’s Bracken ward, said: “Both trees really have greatly enhanced both birthing units. The midwifery teams at both birthing centres are very pleased with them and are very proud to add all new births.”