WOMEN with low risk pregnancies can now immerse themselves in water to ease the pain of labour in a hydrotherapy pool which is part of a new state of the art delivery suite opened at the Coombe maternity hospital in Dublin.
The pool room which is aimed at promoting relaxation and decreasting pain during labout is the only one of its kind in Dublin.
The newly-renovatd suite, opened by Health Minister James Reilly yesterday, was built at a cost of €4.7m, some of which came from the Friends of the Coombe fundraising arm of the hospital.
The suite involves a 405sq metre extension to the original building as well as single en-suite delivery rooms in the hospital which is struggled to cope with the surge in births in recent years,
A spokeswomans said that women who avail of the hydrotherapy can go on to deliver in the same room “minimising unwanted disturbance and disruption.”
The unit has 11 single en-suite delivery rooms, allowing for a calm and peaceful environment for both mum and baby. It also has a fully-equipped emergency obstetric theatre and a new high dependency unit.
The construction of the delivery suite took 70 weeks but was ready six weeks ahead of schedule and within budget. Doctors and nurses deliver one set of quads, 8 sets of triplets, 228 sets of twins and 10,987 other babies were delivered in that time.
Hospital master Dr Sharon Sheehan said: “ The improvements are obvious, with the suite having a whole new look. Women who gave birth in the former delivery suite would not recognise it now.
“ All of our patients are afforded comfort, safety and personal privacy at this most special time in their lives,” she added.
The Minister described the development as a significant improvement which will deliver a safer and more pleasant birthing experience for mothers and babies.