The rooms that were previously used in the labour ward of the Princess Royal maternity unit were at the busiest end of the labour ward; parents often aware of the noisy surroundings. With the help of SiMBA the staff were able to move these facilities to the quiet end of the ward. 

The Lola Commons Fund for SIMBA helped by providing comfortable chairs, furnishings and pictures for two Family Rooms and re-decorated and re-furnished their sitting room.

Parents often have to spend time in the unit after they have been told that their baby has died of after the delivery so having the sitting room opposite the Family Room enables parents to have separate room to spend time in and a room that family members can visit too.

Scotland Through the Light

Beautiful photography by Chris Thomson -

In the family & counselling rooms in The Princess Royal Maternity Unit (staff from the unit are pictured above), Borders General Hospital and  Simpson’s Centre for Reproductive Health. We chose to use Chris Thomson's pictures as they were all shot in Scotland and have a peaceful and tranquil nature. 

We display postcards in the 3 rooms mentioned above  allowing parents to have a memory or to purchase a print directly from his website. Chris will give a 10% donation to SiMBA from any print bought by someone who has spent time in one of our rooms.

A Word from Chris

Photography and in particular Landscape Photography is something that has interested me since I was a young boy when I was given an old instamatic camera by my parents. We regularly had holidays away in the caravan and were usually heading for the Highlands of Scotland where we would undoubtedly end up going for long walks.  I would take my camera along with me and photograph pretty much anything I thought was a nice view. Over the last six or seven years my interest in photography has taken off again and I’ve been following that same passion for the Scottish landscape.

We are very lucky in Scotland to have such a diverse landscape, from the mountainous and very rugged west coast to the gently rolling lands of the east coast. The weather plays its part too, especially when we regularly seem to have four seasons in one day; it can help setup some fantastic conditions for a picture. These are some of the things that inspire me to keep taking the photos I take.

Landscape photography can at times be a very solitary pastime which is great when I simply want to take my mind off everyday life and immerse myself in my surroundings. Being at these locations can be quite therapeutic and this is something that I try to bring in to the images I take, I want to try and pull the viewer in to the picture. I think that the images chosen for the SiMBA family rooms have a certain soothing tranquility or calmness about them which I hope will be a comfort for people who find them using the family room.

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