The Preston Birth Centre at Royal Preston Hospital is celebrating its fifth birthday on Sunday 10th November.
Each year up to 900 births take place within the midwifery-led unit, which aims to provide a home-from-home environment for new expectant mothers and their families.
The unit was funded by an £800,000 grant from the Department of Health in 2014 in response to evidence that planning birth in a midwifery led unit resulted in fewer interventions for women suitable for midwifery led care.
The state-of-the-art centre includes four birthing rooms with integrated birthing pools, active birth equipment and nature players. There are two overnight suites to accommodate those who want to stay overnight post birth.
Janet Cotton, Divisional Midwifery and Nursing Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At Preston Birth Centre, we are committed to the promotion of normality within birth and ensuring a high standard of care is provided to all families. We are proud of the positive feedback that we receive from families who have used our service and we hope to part of the birth journey of many more families in the years to come.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are extremely proud of the team at Preston Birth Centre for providing such a caring and comforting experience at such a significant time in a new parent’s life. The unit has proved to be a huge success, and I have no doubts that this will continue long into the future.”
To mark the unit having been open for five years, families are invited to visit Preston Birth Centre where they can enjoy tea and cake, take a tour of the unit and receive birth information.