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Video: Improvements at Cumbrian maternity unit praised by watchdog

A maternity unit in Cumbria under investigation after the deaths of a number of mothers and babies has been praised for making improvements.

The health watchdog the Care Quality Commission published its findings after an unannounced visit to Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Campaigners who've criticised standards of care at the unit say it'll take time before they are fully convinced it's safe.

This report from Amy Welch:

Midwife-led maternity unit opens in Blackpool

Midwife-led birthing unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital Credit: Blackpool Victoria Hospital

A new midwife-led maternity unit is opening at Blackpool Victoria Hospital today.

The £680,000 unit features birthing rooms with state-of-the art facilities.

The unit will run independently but is alongside the delivery suite within the hospital’s Women and Children’s Unit.

The hospital says mums can chose to either have their babies at home; in the hospital delivery suite or in the new unit which is staffed by midwives but with less medical intervention during birth.

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Maternity services shake-up

There's been a huge shake-up of maternity services in Greater Manchester which could be extended to other parts of the region.

A hundred million pounds has been spent on new buildings and equipment, with maternity services being concentrated on eight hospitals, with specialist staff.

Health officials say it will be safer. But the new so-called supercentres are controversial, not least.

because it's meant the closure of four local maternity units. Here's Mel Barham with the first of our special reports.