The first baby has been born at Chorley Birth Centre, following its official opening earlier this week.
The baby daughter of Rachel and Richard Faris, who is yet to be named, was born on Wednesday 16th December at 06:12am. Both mum and baby are doing well.
Janet Cotton, Divisional Midwifery and Nursing Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“I would like to wish Rachel, Richard and baby all the very best for the future. It is such a pleasure to announce our first new arrival at the Chorley Birth Centre. Only a few days ago I said how I was looking forward to welcoming our birth centre babies into the world, and we already have our first!
“We look forward to meeting many more new arrivals in the weeks to come with more than 300 pregnant people booked to birth at the centre so far.”
Chorley Birth Centre is one of four birthing options available at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. The Birth Centre has its own dedicated continuity of carer team, which means pregnant people and families have a named midwife and continuity of carer throughout the pregnancy pathway.
Chorley Birth Centre, based within the Chorley and South Ribble Hospital site, officially opened on Monday 14th December, and offers an outstanding birth environment for women with active birthing equipment including birthing pools in each room, in addition to clinical assessment and education areas for expectant mums.