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Mums to benefit from new midwife-led maternity unit

Published 11/02/2013

New plans have been announced for a midwife-led maternity unit, which will open at the Royal Derby Hospital this spring.

The Derby unit will be one of eight new midwife-led units which will be opened nationwide, providing less clinical and more relaxing places for women to give birth.

“This is such exciting and positive news” says Derby Hospitals’ Head of Midwifery Sue Bennion. “It will give local women real choices and will allow those who are low risk to give birth in a home-from-home environment within a midwife-led unit, located within the Labour Ward here at the Royal Derby Hospital.”

The current midwife-led space within the Labour Ward will be divided off to create a separate area with its own entrance. Four rooms will be decorated in soft, relaxing tones and a second birthing pool will be installed. The Department of Health has given £224,000 to fund the work and it is hoped the new unit will be open before the summer.

“We’re delighted to be one of the eight centres given the go-ahead to open this unit” says the Trust’s Senior Midwife for low risk, Maggie Coombs, who has helped draw up the plans. “Women will be able to enjoy their labour in a calm and relaxing atmosphere, looked after by midwives but with medical help close at hand if it should be needed. This will reinforce the fact that giving birth is a natural process.”

Almost 6,500 babies are born at the Royal Derby Hospital every year, with an average of 17 births taking place every day.


For further information, please contact:

Amanda Wells

Communications and Media Manager
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

01332 786947

07799 337677

Last Modified 11/02/2013