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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS

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General introduction

The Trust has two Obstetrics units, at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, and a birthing centre at Penrith Community Hospital.

We provide care in labour in hospital and at home for low risk women.

Community Midwives provide antenatal care in your local community throughout north Cumbria and visit new mothers post-natally at home.

Online maternity notes - To receive your notes through our online system please register here.

What we do

  • Antenatal care
  • Care in labour (including use of a birthing pool)
  • Home births
  • Postnatal care 
  • Breastfeeding support at home and weekly support group
  • Preparation for parenthood classes
  • Aquanatal classes
  • Antenatal and Newborn Screening

Key clinical staff

  • Chris Bird - clinical midwifery manager, hospital and community - Cumberland Infirmary and Penrith Birth Centre

  • Janet Crewdson - clinical midwifery manager, hospital and community - West Cumberland Hospital


  •  Cumberland Infirmary – first floor
  • West Cumberland Hospital – Level One
  • Penrith Birthing Centre – Penrith Community Hospital
  • Services also run in the community throughout north Cumbria

Contact details


  • Labour ward – 01228 814269
  • Community midwives – 01228 814872


  • Labour ward – 01946 523242
  • Community midwives – 01946 523229

Appleby: 01768 54959

Brampton: 016977 41365

Keswick/ Penrith: 01768 245558

Wigton: 016973 66600/66609