Expectant mums in Wirral now have access to a new team of midwives dedicated to women choosing to have their babies at home or in the ‘pop up’ birth unit opening at Seacombe Children’s Centre.
The unit will encourage women with a low risk of complications (something established clinically during discussions between a woman and her midwife) to give birth in a non-medicalised setting where wrap around services are also available to support families postnatally and beyond.
As the first birthing centre nationally to launch in a multi-purpose community setting like a children’s centre, the new facility will provide key insight into the cultural effectiveness and uptake of more community-focused birthing options. The facility will be run by experienced, highly skilled midwives from Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (WUTH), and if successful, could inspire the development of permanent freestanding midwifery led units (FMLUs) across the Cheshire and Merseyside region.
The new service is part of the local response to recommendations made by the 2016 National Maternity Review, ‘Better Births’, which set out a clear vision of achieving safer, more personalised and family friendly maternity services.
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