The newly built Bronte Birth Centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital and refurbished Pinderfields Maternity wards are acting as a backdrop for the production of six midwife educational films.
Partnering with Active Birth Pools and Sheena Byrom, midwife consultant, the films, once edited will be made available to all maternity workers across the world as an online learning resource.
Sheena Byrom, who lectures on midwifery services worldwide and was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to Midwifery, contacted the Trust after hearing several good news stories regarding care provided in the Trust and particularly the new birth centres.
Sheena who co-leads the Midwifery Unit Network, said: “We are indebted to The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, for welcoming us into their top-class maternity facilities. I visit many maternity services around the UK and the world, and theirs is amongst the finest. In addition, each member of staff we met took time to make us feel comfortable, and they were proud of their surroundings and their work. We have so much gratitude’
Gill Pownall, Assistant Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “It is coming up to a year since we redesigned women’s services across the Trust and I see our involvement in the production of these films as another positive affirmation of the fabulous care and birth choices we offer to local women.
“It gives me great pleasure to support the training of Midwives and I am delighted that Sheena chose Mid Yorkshire to support these training films. I would also like to thank her for the gift of a birthing stool, which was a nice surprise and will be much appreciated and much used by our women to support multi-positional births.”
Women’s Services across the Trust were reconfigured last September as part of the wider hospital reconfiguration programme, centralising consultant led maternity care at the Pinderfields site. This included an investment of £1.38 million into the new Bronte Birth Centre at Dewsbury and District Hospital; a new Birth Centre at Pinderfields Hospital and enlarged Labour Ward to allow residents across Dewsbury and Wakefield District, faster access to specialists and greater birth choices locally.
Picture left to right: Sheena Byrom, Jayne Walker, Bronte Birth Centre Manager and Keith Brainin, Director, Active Pools.