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Hospital keeps mum - and family - involved in the birthing process

Chris Archer (midwife), Pearl Lindsay (healthcare assistant), Mo Black (midwife), Zoë Perrow (midwife) and Abigail Allison (midwife). Pontefract Hospital is amongst the best in Britain at keeping women and their partners fully involved during labour and care – says a new national study.

Run by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the midwifery-led unit at the hospital also won plaudits from 93% of their clients for the choices they offer them when it comes to where they have their baby.   

The Trust was one of 133 NHS organisations examined by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of their annual Maternity Survey 2015. Being treated with dignity and respect, having clean wards, toilets and bathrooms and more support for feeding featured favourably in the national survey responses.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages maternity services across Pontefract, Dewsbury and Wakefield, scored significantly better than other trusts on the following:

Giving sound information on any emotional changes mum might have after birth
Ensuring midwives were aware of patients’ medical histories at antenatal check-ups and,
Signposting mums to services who could help them deal with any emotional problems following birth.

The Maternity Survey 2015 asked mums and mums-to-be 50 questions around themes such as access to care, personal choices, type of birth and emotional wellbeing. The study showed that: 

  • 97% of respondents in Mid Yorkshire felt that their partner was involved in their care during labour and birth
  • 85% of respondents thought that they were treated with respect and dignity
  • 82% of respondents said that the midwives listened to them during their antenatal check-ups
  • 81% of respondents felt that they were involved enough in decisions about their antenatal care and,
  • 96% of respondents were visited at home by a midwife.

Pontefract’s midwifery-led unit boasts a birthing pool and mood lighting; and spacious rooms allow mums to have family and friends around them and even music played during labour.  “One of the main reasons we created the midwifery-led unit at Pontefract was to offer women a calm, friendly and caring environment in which to have their baby” said Gill Pownall, Head of Midwifery and Nursing at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. “I am delighted the team has been recognised nationally for the support it gives women to have a normal, active labour and birth with minimum intervention.”

Read the full CQC Report into Maternity 2015: