“We need more midwifery-led units, then we may find that we don't need so many obstetric units”
Cathy Warwick Royal College of Midwives
This month the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said home births and midwife-led centres were better for mothers and often as safe for babies. So why are the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) considering closing the birth centre at Salford Royal hospital?
To give women the choices they need the NHS needs more midwife-led units, according to the Royal College of Midwives. We believe that the centre is underused because women are either not being told about it or are being told all the negatives (such as not being able to Have an epidural or having to be transferred if there are complications). But the quality of care is superb for those women who are free of any risk of complications. Now that NICE agree with us we must make sure we keep babies born in Salford.
We will continue campaign to keep the midwife led Birth Centre at Salford Royal open but we still need your support. Please sign our petition and, if you have given birth in the last two years or are pregnant at the moment, you could help by filling out our questionnaire.