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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is investing £100,000 to fund midwife-led maternity services

Posted on Thursday 11th February 2016
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Christina Cuncarr, associate director of midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

The new services will be running at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven in Spring and are on the recommendations of a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists-led review of maternity services.

The midwifery-led units will run alongside the existing consultant-led units at the hospitals. They are run by midwives without the medical facilities of a hospital and offer a more relaxing environment for mothers. You are also more likely to be looked after by the midwife you’ve got to know during your pregnancy at a midwifery-led unit. They are particularly suitable for women with straightforward, low-risk, pregnancies.

Women are considered to be at low risk of complications if their pregnancy is straightforward, they are in good health and have no serious health conditions.

Midwifery-led units don’t offer epidurals or caesarean sections and if these are needed mothers will be transferred to the consultant-led units within the hospital.

Christina Cuncarr, associate director of midwifery at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “This is excellent news for expectant mothers. These new services will give women a greater choice when it comes to their treatment and the option of giving birth in a less clinical environment.

“Evidence from studies around the world shows that giving birth in a midwifery-led unit is the best option for low risk women. Around 45 per cent of women have low risk of developing complications during their pregnancy, making these units a great option and we are thrilled these services are coming to the Trust.”