There are birth centres at both Chorley & District Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital.
Expert midwifery care is provided in calm and relaxed surroundings that have been specifically designed and equipped to support the normal physiological birth process - an ideal birthing environment for women who experience a problem-free pregnancy.
Chorley Birth Centre offers three, recently updated, en-suite birthing rooms, two of which have birthing pools. A sitting room and family room provide additional facilities for new mothers and their birth partners.
Preston Birth Centre is situated on the first floor of the Sharoe Green Unit. It comprises four spacious en-suite birthing rooms, each with it's own birthing pool. There are also two family rooms.
New mothers and their partners are able to stay for up to 24 hours after the birth in both birth centres.
You should be aware that there are no doctors based in the birth centres and should you require, or request, medical input (including epidural analgesia) at any stage of your labour, birth or postnatal stay you would be transferred to the obstetric unit in the Sharoe Green Unit. From Chorley Birth Centre any transfer would be by ambulance and take approximately 40 minutes.
More information about the birth centres can be obtained from your midwife who will be able to give you advice and support as you make decisions about how and where you would like your baby to be born.