We had a little jaunt to see the midwives at MLU and before we knew it we had an idea for another product and this Mini Birthcouch kit is in their MLU for mums to try out.
The mini kit is about half the length of the full-size softbirth birthing couch (115cm instead of 200cm long). The midwives asked for an extra rectangular piece 115cm long so that they could make it into a long bed or, put it side by side with the kit here to make a big square bed. They would be held in place by a ‘fitted sheet’ made of the same PU material used for the couch itself.
Which is a good time to remind you that we can make stuff if you have an idea for something different. Get in touch with some measurements and we can make it for you.
And we can customise existing designs. If you want a narrower or wide couch, please ask because it probably won’t cost any more! Cambridge have a birthcouch and they sent us a picture of it the way that worked best for them. But it is upside down. (You can see the text in top but, more importantly, the safety flaps covering the zip are facing up and could collect any ‘fluids’ and allow them to seep into the cushion.)
If you would like you cushion on the right instead of the left (see the picture of the default design here), then let us know and we’ll make one for you. Same price.
Following the popularity of the SoftBirth birthing couch, we’ve been asked to make a small birthing couch that will fit into smaller birthing rooms or in the back of a small car. Here she is! The mini couch kit is made of the same fully cleanable PU material as the full-size SoftBirth birthing couch kit. It is double lined for additional safety too and the zips are covered by wide flaps. The dinky birthing couch is 115cm long x 85cm wide by 40cm high. Just like its big sister, it has the pull-out seat for partner or midwife. And a shaped kneeler so that the birthing mum can kneel into the recess and lean into it.
We met Wendy Cutchie, HoM for MLUs across Shropshire at #SaTHFMU conference and she asked for a smaller version of the SoftBirth birthing couch. So, we’ve made her one. We can turn round new products very quickly and cheaply. Midwives from Burton Hospital also asked us for a breast-feeding cushion to sit on top of the birthing couch. That has been designed and is ready. We’re looking for a hospital (with a couch) who’d like to trial it for us. Get in touch if you’re interested. We can turn around new products very quickly. So, if there any things you’d like us to design for you, get in touch! We’d love to make something for you.
The dinky birth couch had its first outing to a meeting of the ARM at Wigan (#Warm17) last week.
The special offer price on the full size SoftBirth birthing couch kit comes to an end on the 31st March. The dinky birthing couch comes in at an introductory price below £600 with FREE delivery in the UK.
The special offer price on the SoftBirth Birthing Couch Kit comes to an 31st March 2017. This is rapidly approaching but orders placed before 31st will still qualify for the discount.
Since the trial at Darrent Valley in Kent, we’ve sold birthcouch kits to Bath, the Royal Berkshire, Burton on Trent, Derby, Great Yarmouth, Llandrindod, Newtown, Oldham, Warrington, Welshpool, Wirral and Wolverhampton – and that’s just the ones I can remember!
Orders placed before the 31st will still qualify for the special offer price of £795+delivery and VAT – and there are further discounts for ordering 2 or more!
Contact Ruth on 0345 230 1381 or contact us now for details.
When we started SoftBirth, our aim was to create a ‘whole birth environment’ for active birth settings. Today we are one step closer with the exciting introduction of our new range of Rebozo Slings.
Midwives, if you haven’t yet utilised a sling to assist a woman in labour, you may be surprised to learn how versatile and successful they can be in assisting birth. Look out for our next Blog: Midwives – 7 Tips and Tricks for Using Softbirth Rebozo Slings.
The rebozo, of Mexican origin, is a long shawl-like strip of tightly woven, colourful fabric. It has been used traditionally by generations of indigenous women to carry babies, wrap the belly during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and of course as a tool during labour and birth. It is also handy for protection from the sun, not that those of us residing in Europe need that at the moment!
An increasing number of maternity units and birth centres are installing rebozo slings and running workshops on how to use them to facilitate birth, although there have previously been limited options on the market suitable for use in such rigorous environments. After much research we believe we have found the perfect solution, marrying form and function, and today we are launching a beautiful range of sling fabrics to match every colour scheme, plus a strong, easily installed ceiling mount system to hang them from.
A rebozo used during all stages of labour provides an aid to help the mother assume helpful, supported positions which relieve pressure, offer comfort and assist in optimising foetal position.
We know that the average Midwife Led Unit or Birth Centre sees thousands of births a year with thousands of different women. Therefore quality and functionality were our first priorities when putting our prototype slings through their paces.
The tensile strength of the fabrics have been tested using a variety of weights and techniques up to 175 kilos. (We recommend double looping the fabric through the caribiner clip for maximum strength).
All our slings are a generous six meters in length, giving plenty of length for loops and knots. They are manufactured in a beautiful series of jacquard weave cottons with a minimum fabric weight of 280gsm for extra luxury and durability.
SoftBirth sling fabrics are cotton or cotton blend and have been wash tested to 60°C with no noticeable loss of colour and a shrinkage allowance of just 3%.
Made in the UK by experienced metalworkers, our purpose made steel ceiling mount and caribiner clips are virtually indestructible, yet incredibly easy to fit at a fraction of the price of other mounted fittings currently on the market, leaving you room to spend your budget on other home comforts
At today’s conference at Shrewsbury Hospital (#SaTHFMU) there was a quote from Baroness Cumberlege that would not break easily into 140 characters. It was a piece of feedback from a mother to a maternity consultation about how she wanted her care to be.
Wrap your services around this. Not me round your service.
SoftBirth will be attending the conference in Shrewsbury on 13th February. Come and see a couch for yourself!
Innovative yet simple, the Birthing Couch Kit has been exclusively designed for SoftBirth and comes in versatile segments that can be moved around to suit the needs of the moment.
The integrated stool pulls out to give comfortable seating for the Midwife or birth partner. The recess created can then be used for the mother to kneel in a supported position. We even include an interlocking kneeling mat for comfort.
When fully assembled the couch becomes a comfortable flat surface for mothers to relax with their newborns. For Midwives this gives easy access for exams and suturing without the need for a bed.
Choice of three tasteful colours –
dark heather, teal or french navy
Comes complete with integrated kneeling
mat and stool
Additional memory foam topper available
for supreme comfort
Additional covers available to purchase
Manufactured in the UK
Meets all requirements for infection control
Designed in consultation with Midwives
Or see the website direct at http://softbirth.com/
After a design led by midwives and doulas, our Birthing Couch Kit underwent eight weeks of rigorous use in the busy Birth Centre at Darent Valley Hospital, Kent.
Here is a summary of the evaluations provided by the Midwives and women who used the Couch Kit.
Use of couch during intrapartum period:
Use of couch during the post-partum period:
“Love it! A big improvement on the Bradbury couch.”
“I enjoyed the comfort of the couch for skin to skin and feeding my baby.”
“I really like that women can kneel and lean over the couch.”
Cleaning and Disinfection:
At the end of this trial, rather than return it, the Birth Centre bought it to keep!
Since then, other hospitals at Bath, Berkshire, Derby, Powys, Yarmouth…and abroad, have bought birth couches and birthing mats.
Softbirth™ have just launched their range of soft furnishings for the birthing room. The most exciting piece being their birthing couch kit.
With its simple yet innovative design, its segments can be moved around to suit the needs of the moment. The stool segment pulls out to give a seat for the midwife or birth partner. The recess can be used for the mother to kneel – a kneeling mat is included for comfort. Other couches charge for other items, such as inserts, as an optional extra whereas they are included in the price of the Softbirth couch.
The foam used is very firm for safety’ s sake but it is topped off with memory foam to give a very comfortable feel. The comfort is enhanced as the design tries to get away from the ‘clinical look’ whilst still being suitable for the birth room. Its approximate dimensions are 2m x 0.9m x 0.45m. And whilst it is firm and stable, it is not heavy or cumbersome like other similar products. It can be easily moved and deployed or put aside to clear space.
The cover is hospital grade and has welded seams and is fully cleanable. The cover is zipped so that it can be replaced and to enable inspection (the inner of the cloth is white so that any ‘strike-through’ can be quickly spotted. The zips are covered by hygiene flaps. The couch can come in mid-lilac as shown or navy blue and replacement covers can be purchased either with the couch or later as a replacement.
Another optional extra is the comfort cushions set consisting of a pillow, a square cushion and a cylinder-cushion. Larger versions of these cushions are available.