Cathy Warwick, CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, was in Wakefield to cut the ribbon and officially open the new Birth Centre at Pinderfields Hospital.
She was impressed with the new unit and the wider care offered for women across the district. In her speech delivered at Pinderfields Hospital, Cathy said: “I am delighted to be asked to open the unit, it is a great honour. It is wonderful to see such enthusiastic, women centred midwives who are committed to providing an excellent midwifery led service in their fabulous facilities. I am sure the women in the area are delighted and I urge them to visit the unit to see for themselves. I wish the team and the unit every success.“
The new Birth centre sits alongside the maternity triage and dedicated elective caesarean section unit. A new Early Pregnancy Assessment and Gynaecological Unit is sited on the floor below. This centralisation of services at Pinderfields offers women faster access to specialists when necessary and the birth centres support low risk women.
Jules Preston, MBE, Chairman of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “It is a great privilege for us that Cathy Warwick has made the trip from London to Yorkshire, to cut the ribbon today, this demonstrates the confidence the RCM has in both our midwives and our new facility.”
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust now has a Birth Centre at each of its three hospital sites to provide greater choice and local access to mothers.
Birthing rooms are decorated to offer a home from home environment and facilitate active birth, the Pinderfields Birth Centre, has welcomed 188 babies since opening on September 12, 2016.
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