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.