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We’re a group of St George’s staff who want to improve the experience of mothers in our maternity department. We’ve been given funding for a project called “New Beginnings” to bring mothers and staff together to make positive changes to the experience of having a baby in an operating theatre.

We have worked over the last year to identify what matters to you about preparing for birth in theatre, identifying where there were gaps in information and feeling involved and  we are now supporting staff to make changes to help us deliver the care that matters to you. 

Co design areas in progress are ‘Personalising the theatre process’ And ‘Improving Antenatal Information about operative birth’ so watch out for new updates and webpages. This project is:

  • Making permanent change to how mothers and staff work together
  • Make the operating theatre a kinder, friendlier and more caring place to have a baby
  • Bringing families into the heart of maternity care at St George’s

To find out more about how you could take part in this exciting new project please get in touch with us by emailing: New.Beginnings@stgeorges.nhs.uk

You can also follow the progress of the project on Twitter at the end of this page.

A series of FAQs is also available

The project is funded by the Health Innovation Network and supported by The Point of Care Foundation, a charity with a strong track record of supporting staff to work differently with service users.


Dave was amazing. He made the whole experience very reassuring and I knew I was in good hands. He was incredibly friendly polite and answered all our questions.
May 2019

We couldn’t have asked for more from Mike! A very positive spirit with great active listening and empathy. Before during and after surgery Mike was knowledgeable clear and concise with giving of information and provided a calm sense of control that made the whole experience (almost) enjoyable ninth of May 2019.
May 2019

Dr David was great from the moment he introduced himself to the end. He kept us in engaged throughout the operation and kept us updated of every progress. I asked if we understood what was going on. He was just brilliant. He made our experience so much better. Thank you.
April 2019

I was happy being taken care of by Dr Robson as he kept reassuring me and providing me with all the information throughout the process. We came around after the process to ensure that I was well and there were no complications during recovery.
March 2019