The first purchases are being made by organisers of the successful campaign to refurbish two rooms on Noble’s Hospital’s labour ward.
In just nine months, The Jane’s Big Push raised £24,000, to be spent creating a home-from-home birthing environment.
Anne Graham, of the charity With Women Worldwide, which spearheaded the campaign said: ‘We were delighted that we reached our intended target with extra to spare.’
An afternoon tea for everyone who supported the campaign was held at Keyll Darree, Strang, last month.
Melanie Capewell said: ‘We are extremely thankful for all the money raised.’
So far, one piece of equipment has been bought, a Multitrac state-of-the-art delivery stool, which encourages women to adopt different positions during labour and has space for birth partners to get involved.
Meanwhile, plans have been drawn up for a new birthing pool to be put into a birthing room together with twinkly subdued lighting.
Melanie said: ‘We are about to give the go ahead for that to begin.
‘Once we have the total renovation costs then we can purchase other equipment and make the room more homely.’
Campaign organisers held fundraising events including a black tie May Ball and released a Call the Manx Midwife’ calendar. Individuals, businesses and groups all got behind the campaign too.
The Jane’s Big Push is continuing to take donations for the campaign.