News and stories Our news Duchess of Devonshire visits new birthing pool suites Staff at the Jessop Wing have provided a warm welcome to The Duchess of Devonshire, whose visit to the maternity hospital was prompted by a donation to our Birthing Pool Appeal. The Appeal was in response to a growing number of mums-to-be who are choosing water as their primary pain relief when giving birth. A cheque for £5000 was presented by the Duchess on behalf of The Duke of Devonshire Charitable Trust after Sheffield Hospitals Charity was nominated for a grant in the Trust’s annual staff vote. Thanks to this donation and the generosity of local people supporting the Appeal the target of £300,000 has nearly been reached. The funds are being used to transform part of the Jessop Wing to create three rooms which are purposely designed to create warm, comfortable and tranquil spaces for families to stay in during the arrival of their little one.