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Investing in maternity services

Women and Children's Hospital in Hull will benefit Photo: Calendar

More than 100 hospitals will share a £25 million fund to improve and upgrade their maternity units.The money will go towards a wide range of projects, with funding for a large number of simple measures that improve choice for women and their experience of maternity care. Across the country, the improvements will include:

Almost 40 new birthing pools, which can help make labour less stressful and painful;

Eight new midwife-led units, which are less clinical and more relaxing places to give birth;

More en suite facilities in over 40 maternity units, providing more dignity and privacy for women because they won’t have to walk through the unit to use the bathroom;

More equipment like beds and family rooms in almost 50 units, that allow dads and families to stay overnight and support women while in labour or if their baby needs neonatal care;

Better bereavement spaces at nearly 20 hospitals to support bereaved families after a tragic event such as a stillborn baby.

Other improvements include equipment that gives women more freedom to move around and change position while in labour and facilities that allow women to choose if they want a bath or shower.

A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but it can present a real challenge for mums and families, particularly those experiencing it for the first time.

We are now going to see huge improvements to maternity services right across the country – from birthing pools to family rooms and even new midwifery-led units. These will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.

Maternity units have had to show evidence that they asked mums and dads about what changes they need to make – so we know these are the changes local people really want to see.

– Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter

The hospitals in the Calendar region that will benefit are:

  • Barnsley Hospital £748,482
  • Airedale General Hospital £748,000
  • Rotherham Hospital £299,000
  • St James’ University Hospital £109,800
  • York Teaching Hospital £417,000
  • Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals £189,000
  • Scunthorpe General Hospital £64,198
  • Women & Children’s Hosp, Hull Royal Infirmary £100,000
  • Lincoln Hospital £94,265
  • Pilgrim Hospital, Boston £89,464