University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust is opening a new midwifery-led birthing unit at St Michael’s hospital in the city.
The new unit will open on Monday to women with “uncomplicated pregnancies who wish to give birth in a home from home, non-medical environment”.
There will be four birthing rooms including two large rooms with birthing pools and double beds and two smaller rooms with en suite showers. One-to-one midwifery support will be provided during labour in a relaxed and homely environment.
The midwives will aim to support women to give birth with minimal intervention and pain relief.
However, should the woman decide that she needs increased care once labour has begun she can be transferred to the Trust’s Central Delivery Suite, which is conveniently located in the same building.
Sarah Windfeld, the trust’s head of midwifery, said: “All the midwifery staff are absolutely delighted to now have the new midwifery led unit within St. Michael’ s Hospital, especially as it will mean more choice for women giving birth in Bristol.
“Women giving birth in the midwifery led unit will benefit from a home like environment and have the opportunity to use a birthing pool for labour and birth.”
Trust press release
12 June 2013