Mums-to-be across the Fylde coast will have even more birthing options with the opening of a new birth centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
The Fylde Coast Birth Centre, which is due to open on Monday, will feature two new rooms for women with complex needs which were constructed after Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was allocated £500,000 by the Department of Health.
It follows the success of the £680,000 Midwifery-led Unit, which opened in August 2013.
Julie Scholes, team leader for the centre, said: “We are all very excited to be opening this new unit.
“Last year we had 300 births in the Midwifery-led Unit and we expect that number to double with the new birthing centre.”
It means the hospital’s delivery unit will incorporate 10 consultant-led rooms and the Fylde Coast Birth Centre will enhance this with an additional four midwifery-led rooms and two new rooms for women with complex needs.
All the birth centre rooms are en-suite and many have birthing pools. Family members are able to stay with mums in the room, with no restrictions on visiting times.
The midwifery-led unit is available to low-risk mums-to-be to provide a home-from-home experience in a hospital setting. The new Complex Needs Suite will support women who have, or are at risk of developing, mental health or substance misuse problems in pregnancy or postnatally.
Pauline Tschobotko, head of the trust’s Families Division, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the trust and will enhance the birth experience for women and is welcomed by staff.
“It is anticipated the improved opportunities to have a more positive birth experience will impact on other social indicators, for example improved breast feeding rates and decreased smoking rates .”