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New midwife-led birth centre opens in Bradford

A £1.2m midwife-led birth centre at the Bradford Royal Infirmary has opened its doors as part of a £3.6m investment in maternity and neonatal facilities.

The seven-bed birth unit has two birthing pools and specially designed “home-from-home” rooms.

IPod docking stations are attached to the walls of every room and birthing aids are provided to encourage women to remain upright in birth.

There is also a kitchen and a new lift has been installed that takes mothers and their babies direct to the post-natal wards, increasing privacy and dignity.

Consultant midwife Alison Brown described the centre as a “very exciting development for women across the city”.

She said: “We want women to feel as if it’s their space and we want them to be very comfortable in it. This is also a momentous day for staff as it has been five years in the planning.”

A full refurbishment of the adjacent 13-bed consultant-led labour ward has also taken place and a new bereavement room has been created for the privacy and dignity of women.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has also spent a further £400,000 on 37 new maternity staff, while £2m has been earmarked for the neonatal unit expansion whose work begins in March.

Readers' comments (2)

  • It is such good news to hear! Increasing birth rate- more midwives; increased choice for women- midwife led unit, pools etc! Free consultants to care for high risk women and give low risk care back to midwives- in a cash strapped NHS it is not only better quality it is more value for money.

    Please let there be more of this nationally!

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  • I am all for women having choice and welcome the opening of a midwifery led unit adjacent to the consultant unit. Why is that important? Because also on hand will be emergency paediatric cover for neonatal emergencies and the most unexpected are often the most serious!

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