A new birthing pool has been opened at West Suffolk Hospital in honour of midwife Hannah Seeley who tragically died in a road accident in 2012.
The pool has been installed in the newly renamed Hannah Seeley Room at the hospital’s Midwifery-Led Birthing Unit, paid for with £30,000 raised by Hannah’s fiancé Mark Wade and her parents Karen and Kevin, a £15,000 donation from The Friends of West Suffolk Hospital and a £35,000 contribution from the hospital.
Karen said it was a day of mixed emotions.
“We are so proud today, she said.
“There are so many people who have amazed us with their support.
“I think it speaks for Hannah and the impact she had on everyone she met that this has been achieved.
“We have waited so long for this to happen - we are so pleased.
“I hope every child born in there has a little bit of Hannah in them - her laughter, her smile.
“If they take a little of that it would be lovely.”
Mark said: “We are all feeling a lot of pride today.
“It is good to know there will be a lot of very happy women in this room for years to come.
“We just want to thank everyone who donated so generously.”
Patricia Davis, head of midwifery at the hospital said: “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 fund-raising 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.”