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Leamington Mum who knows best calling on supporters for new maternity unit

Laura Kearns 18th Jun, 2017

A FUND-RAISING mum who ‘passionately’ supports the new Warwick Hospital maternity unit is calling on fellow parents to play their part.

Nikki Francis gave birth to both of her children at the hospital, and says she cannot wait for the new Midwife-Led Unit to open early next year.

The Leamington mum – who runs support group ‘Mum Knows Best’ and website takeitfrommummy.com – has been fund-raising tirelessly for the hospital’s maternity services for the past four years.

She raised more than £5,000 which funded two chairs enabling new dads to stay overnight on the hospital Swan Ward.

But she has now turned her focus to the new Midwife Led Unit and believes it will make a huge difference to expectant parents.

She told the Observer: “I was low risk with both my children and had two amazing water births at Warwick. I know that had there been a Midwife Led Unit available at the time I would have been able to use it.

“After my first water birth I was really keen to have another but was also worried that it might not be available as there’s currently only one birthing pool at the hospital.

“If there had been a Midwife Led Unit with more pools available I know I wouldn’t have been as anxious about not having the birth I planned and it would have made for an even more positive and calm birthing experience for us.

“I love everything about the planned new birthing unit, especially the fact that it will provide more choice for local mums-to-be.”

The hospital is working to raise £200,000 through its Birth and Babies appeal which will enhance the unit with birthing pools and special baby cribs.

And now Nikki – who has organised a number of fund-raising events – is calling on residents and parents to help the hospital reach their target.

She said: “I know what a difference mums make when they come together to support each other and that’s why I’m so excited to be involved in this appeal.

“The majority of us have had babies at Warwick or will have in the future, so to know that we can play a part in helping to provide an even better maternity service for future mummies and daddies at Warwick is a really great feeling.”

Call the fund-raising department on 01926 495 321 or email charity@swft.nhs.uk to find out more about supporting the appeal.

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