The Bel-Air hospital in Thionville has finished construction work on a new maternity ward, allowing 2,500 births each year, or roughly seven per day.

The CHR Metz-Thionville will be equipped with a new "Woman-Mother-Child" ward comprising 99 beds, 150 paramedics, 57 midwives and 41 hospital practitioners, reports Républicain Lorrain.

This new centre, which includes several existing buildings, will even be equipped with a helipad for the most urgent cases. It will be divided into three streams: a perinatal service with intensive care, high-risk pregnancies, genetic medicine and ART consultations, paediatrics and gynaecology.

It is a new chapter for the hospital, which, according to the French newspaper, saw its customer numbers decrease by one hundred several years back due to poor accommodation.

From now on, it is the well-being of patients and their babies that will be at the heart of the new structure and of its managers who place greater emphasis on sustainable development. Among the new services offered are massage workshops for children, acupuncture, cocooning and even relaxation therapy.

Before the arrival of the gynaecology and paediatric patients next Wednesday and Thursday, administrative services will move to the new premises on Monday and Tuesday.