New national guidance that suggests mums-to-be could have better experiences in maternity units run by midwives has been in the news recently.
The draft recommendations from NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) suggest that births in midwife-led units and at home should be encouraged for ‘low risk’ deliveries as they provide better outcomes for women and babies.
This is good news because it supports the way services are developing locally. We’ve already got a very successful midwife-led unit at Pontefract Hospital, with plans for two more at Pinderfields in Wakefield and at Dewsbury and District Hospital, to be open by 2016. Mid Yorkshire’s three midwife-led units will be complemented by a consultant-led (obstetric) unit at Pinderfields.
There’s more information on the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust website.