The family of the late Jo Cox MP unveiled a plaque in her honour at the opening of the new Bronte Birth Centre at Dewsbury Hospital.
Jo Cox MP was an advocate of both empowerment of women and normal birth and development of the birth centre supported her strong desire to ensure local delivery of services for her constituents wherever possible.
Jo Cox was herself born at the Dewsbury Hospital site in 1974 in what was then Staincliffe Hospital and made the first cut of the turf at a ceremony to mark the start of construction in November 2015.
Jean Leadbeater, mother of Jo, said: “"Can we first of all say how pleased and proud we are to be here to represent Jo at the opening of this amazing birth center. We know it was very dear to Jo's heart and she would have been very proud to have been here.
“Jo was an MP, a humanitarian, a wife, a sister, a daughter, but most of all she was a mum, and she would have just been amazed at the birth unit and she knew how important it was to have units like this in our local community.” as she officially opened the new £1.38m midwife led unit.
The family and guests at the opening went on a tour of the new Birth Centre and viewed artwork featuring a quotation chosen by them, which lines the corridors of the Birth Centre and reads, ‘You are pregnant and you are powerful. You are bold and you are beautiful. Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you’
Jules Preston, MBE, Chairman of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “It was a great privilege to host the family of Jo Cox MP and the dedication plaque provides a permanent legacy of her valuable work with the Trust representing the interests of local people.”
The new Bronte Birth Centre is a midwife led unit offering mothers a personal, one-to-one approach during their pregnancy and labour. Staffed by trained midwives, the six room unit offers a safe and comfortable place to birth for women who are unlikely to need medical intervention.
The birthing suites are decorated to offer a home from home environment and accommodate family members, who are welcome to stay throughout labour, and offer birthing pools during the birth.
Since opening 20 babies have been delivered at Bronte Birth Centre. This investment into Dewsbury hospital is part of the Trust’s reconfiguration programme, improving maternity services across the Trust to deliver better outcomes for mothers.
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