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Bradford birth centre now open

Posted: 6 November 2012 by Rob Dabrowski

The new midwife-led birth centre at the Bradford Royal Infirmary has opened its doors to women.

Bradford Birth Centre
The Bradford Birth Centre is part of the foundation trust’s £3.6m investment in maternity and neonatal facilities.
It will cater for women with a low-risk pregnancy and birth, with all care provided by midwives.

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has spent £1.2m on the new centre and a full refurbishment of the consultant-led labour ward.

Julie Walker, HoM, said: ‘The opening of our new midwife-led birth centre and revamped labour ward facilities is a very exciting development for women across the city.
‘We’ve been working towards the new Bradford Birth Centre for the last five years and our emphasis is very much on normality during birth and the provision of excellent support to women from our dedicated team of midwives.
‘Our recent investment in new staff will ensure that midwives are freed up to spend more time giving support to mothers, which is what women are telling us that they want.’

A new lift has also been installed, which links birthing facilities with the post-natal wards in the floors above and a new bereavement room has been created for the privacy and dignity of women.

A total of £400,000 has also been invested in staffing levels.

Thirty one new midwives and six MSWs have been employed to improve quality and safety and further enhance the service the hospital provides to women across the district.
A further £2m will be spent on the trust’s neonatal unit expansion, work on which is due to begin in March.
The seven-bed birth unit boasts two birthing pools and a relaxing environment.

IPod docking stations are attached to the walls of every room and birthing aids – including birth stools, mats and balls – are there to encourage women to remain upright in birth in order that labour can progress quickly.

Jacque Gerrard, RCM director for England, said: ‘The RCM congratulates Bradford midwives on the opening of the Bradford Birth Centre.

‘This has been a long time coming, but at last women across Bradford and Airedale now have real choice on where to birth their babies.

‘Choice for midwife-led care in an MLU has now become a reality, following a strong business case to the trust, support from the women who use the services and hard work and commitment from the HoM, the team of midwives and medical staff at Bradford.

‘The investment in the recruitment of 31 new midwives and six MSWs is to be applauded at a time of NHS cuts and demonstrates true commitment to the whole of the Bradford and Airedale maternity services.

'The implementation of midwife-led care at the Bradford Birth Centre will now offer high quality, safe maternity care for women which is cost-effective, but also satisfying for midwives to work in.’