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Pontefract midwifery unit renamed

7 July, 2016

Pontefract midwifery unit renamed

The Bishop of Wakefield cut the ribbon at an event to mark the renaming of the midwifery unit (MU) at Pontefract Hospital.

The Bishop was the guest of honour on the occasion at which the MU was given the name 'Friarwood Birth Centre'.

Midwives, hospital staff and new mothers gathered to mark the occasion and celebrate six years, in which over 1200 babies have been born at the MU.

The Bishop Right Reverend Tony Robinson, said: ‘It was a great joy for me to rename the birth unit at Pontefract Hospital.

‘I was very impressed by the dedication of the staff and the wonderful facilities provided for the parents.

‘It was also good to meet two of the mothers who had recently given birth in the unit.

‘I am sure this unit will be well used and much appreciated by local people.’

The renaming of the MUt to the Friarwood Birth Centre was the unanimous choice from an open poll conducted with maternity staff and recent service users.

It was renamed to better reflect the environment of an MU, in comparison to a traditional labour ward.

The Friarwood birth centre has four rooms, one of which has a large birthing pool.

The unit promotes family-centred care, where partners and families are active participants in birth and can stay with expectant mothers throughout labour and after the birth.

Caitlin Wilson, consultant midwife, said: ‘The birth centre provides women in the local area with a cosy, home from home environment which supports normal birth in a safe and supportive environment.’

For more information on the MU and facilities, click here.

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