Midwife-led maternity services get £100k investment in spring

nhs logoNORTH Cumbria University Hospitals Trust is investing £100,000 to fund midwife-led maternity services.

The new services will be running at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, and West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, in the spring and are on the recommendations of a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists-led review of maternity services.

The midwifery-led units will run alongside the existing consultant-led units at the hospitals.

They are run by midwives, without the medical facilities of a hospital, and offer a more relaxing environment for mothers.

You are also more likely to be looked after by the midwife you’ve got to know during your pregnancy at a midwifery-led unit.

They are particularly suitable for women with straightforward, low-risk, pregnancies.

Women are considered to be at low risk of complications if their pregnancy is straightforward, they are in good health and have no serious health conditions.

Midwifery-led units don’t offer epidurals or caesarean sections and if these are needed mothers will be transferred to the consultant-led units within the hospital.

Christina Cuncarr, associate director of midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, said: “This is excellent news for expectant mothers.

“These new services will give women a greater choice when it comes to their treatment and the option of giving birth in a less clinical environment. Evidence from studies around the world shows that giving birth in a midwifery-led unit is the best option for low risk women. Around 45 per cent of women have low risk of developing complications during their pregnancy, making these units a great option.We are thrilled these services are coming to the Trust.”