Friarwood Birth Centre

The Friarwood Birth Centre at Pontefract was temporarily closed on Friday 8 November 2019 and will be closed until 30 September 2020.

This isn't a choice we've made lightly.  Essentially, it’s because - despite having just recruited 15 new midwives to the Trust - there is a national shortage of midwives and we still don’t currently have enough midwives to provide the standard of service we would want to across all three of our midwifery-led units. So we have to employ our midwives where most women choose to birth, which is at Pinderfields and Dewsbury (find more details about the reasons here).