A brand new maternity theater is transforming care for those in need of a caesarean in Gateshead – and it has already transformed the lives of one Tyneside family.
On August 24, Rachel O’Brien and Kevin Sibson welcomed baby Charlie Kevin Sibson at a healthy weight of 7lb 10oz. Charlie was born after an elective caesarean section at Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s brand new maternity theatre, under the care of consultant Dr Mie Liew.
Mom Rachel raved about the new facilities. She said: “The whole experience was wonderful; I cannot fault any of the staff who helped deliver Charlie. They all made me feel calm and relaxed throughout. the operation.
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“Being the first person to give birth in the theater was amazing, it was extremely clean and spacious and the whole experience was enjoyable.”
Rachel said her previous birth was an emergency caesarean section and Charlie’s birth was “much calmer” in comparison. She added: “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you to all the staff who helped deliver Charlie and for the care we received.”
Dr Liew said it had been an honor to be part of the birth, adding: “It was a pleasure to be the consultant who delivered baby Charlie and to be the first to use the brand new theater unit It will make such a difference in the patient experience and the care we can provide for elective caesareans.
“The whole team has worked extremely hard to get this far and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for motherhood.”
The new theater was unveiled last month and doctors in Gateshead hope it will help increase the hospital’s capacity to perform caesarean sections and make motherhood safer for mothers and babies.