The new midwife led Bronte Birth Centre at Dewsbury hospital is now open and available to expectant mothers at no charge.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is hearing rumours from patients and the local population that the new £1.38m Bronte Birth Centre is not free. The birth centre is an NHS service open to all free of any charges.
Gill Pownall, Head of Midwifery and Nursing, said: “Absolutely there is no charge to use the new birth centre and I want to assure everyone that our beautiful facility is free to use.
“The new birth centre has been designed to offer a more personal and improved birthing experience. It has individual birthing suites which offer overnight accommodation to family and partners and is decorated to offer a home from home environment.
“I can understand why some people may think you have to pay to use it but it definitely is open to everyone expecting a normal birth.”
The new birth centre officially opened by the family of the late Jo Cox MP, has since opening on 19 September, birthed 70 babies with mothers reporting high levels of satisfaction.
This investment into Dewsbury hospital is part of the hospitals reconfiguration plans which redesign how women’s services are offered across the three sites of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Midwife led birth centres are staffed by trained midwives who work in partnership with women to provide support, care and advice during pregnancy and labour. Mothers benefit from a personal, one-to-one approach which offers a positive birth experience.
Routine ante-natal and post-natal care is still offered locally in community clinics and at your local hospital.