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New animation video to help new parents

Baby maternity A new animation film - believed to be the first and only of its kind in the country – has been launched by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) to maximise support for new parents who will be having a planned caesarean birth. You can access the animation video here.

There are over 10,000 births at NUH (Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital Maternity Units) a year, making the Trust the fourth largest maternity service in the country. 11% of ladies who give birth at our hospitals have a planned caesarean birth.

The video – made possible thanks to a unique collaboration between NUH and Nottingham Trent University – was produced by animation students with input and feedback from maternity patients and clinicians.

The animation includes accessible information in an easy to follow format on the following:

  • Preparing parents-to-be for their planned caesarean birth - including advice on eating and drinking the day before surgery
  • When you’re in hospital - including information and what to expect on arrival at hospital, who’s who in the team and birthing partners
  • The operation  - including what to expect, including caesarean birth anesthesia
  • Recovery and aftercare advice - including information parents will receive before leaving hospital and support available from community midwives


Dr Amelia Banks, Lead Obstetric Anesthetist at Nottingham City Hospital, said: “We want the experience of giving birth to be the most positive it can be and as personal as women wish it to be based on their individualised care wishes.

“We are incredibly grateful to the students at Nottingham Trent University for working with the Trust to produce such a fantastic and unique resource that we hope will be helpful to new parents and put their minds at ease ahead of their planned caesarean birth.”

Andy Love, Course Leader in BA Hons Animation at Nottingham Trent University, said: “Digital animation can help improve people’s lives and give people a sense of perspective which they otherwise may never have had. This video will help reduce the uncertainty many people feel when approaching their first ever planned caesarean section operation and help them realise how magical this form of childbirth can be. It’s a fantastic real-life project which has allowed our students to create something unique and meaningful which will make a difference to the lives of many parents to be.”