STRUCTURE: A new midwifery-led birthing unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital opened its doors this month.

The trust said the “philosophy of the new midwifery-led birthing unit is to give one-to-one care and support to women throughout the process of birth naturally and without intervention”.

The new unit is on the hospital’s Blakeney ward and has four birthing rooms named Lavender, Lotus, Jasmine and Rose. The new birthing unit has a total of three birthing pools and cost £400,000 to build.

Midwives on the unit are also trained to do the paediatric checks needed before babies can go home.

The first baby born in the unit was Hetti Griffiths, weighing 7lbs and 3ozs.