Your choice of maternity services...

Your choice of maternity care in SalfordIf you are pregnant, you have a number of choices about where to go for your maternity care. The choice can depend on what services are available in your local area - as well as clinical judgement on what is going to be best for you and your baby – but the majority of women are able to personally choose their maternity care.


There are a number of quality standards and clinical guidelines which recommend that pregnant women are:

  • Supported to access antenatal care, ideally by 10 weeks
  • Cared for by a named midwife throughout their pregnancy
  • Kept fully informed at all stages of their pregnancy
  • Identified as needing and offered psychological support as appropriate
  • Supported to plan their place of birth and, for those at low risk, this is appropriate at home or in a midwifery led unit
  • Given smoking cessation support if they are a smoker
  • Identified  as needing specialist support and given additional attention
  • Have a documented discussion of the option to plan a vaginal birth if they have already had one or more caesarean sections
  • Receive breastfeeding support


There are three stages of maternity care:

  • Antenatal care
  • Delivery
  • Post natal care


Women can choose where to go for each stage, but the provider must be within the local choice the CCG has identified. In Salford, our providers are:


In addition, the standalone Salford Birth Centre, managed by Central Manchester Foundation Trust, is based at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust


Giving birth in a midwife-led birth centre


The Salford Birth Centre is based at Salford Royal Hospital. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides midwife-led care. This means it is staffed by midwives from Saint Mary’s Hospital with no doctors. It offers extra choice of birthplace to the women of Salford.


Women can choose to give birth at the centre if they have had a healthy pregnancy with no complications and have a good chance of a normal delivery around the time their baby is due. On average, there are three births per week at the centre.


If the mother experiences any difficulties during labour or after delivery at the Salford Birth Centre, or need to be seen by a doctor, both mother and baby are transferred by ambulance to Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester city centre. They remain at Saint Mary’s for the rest of their delivery and postnatal care.


Relocation of Salford's birth centre


Salford Birth Centre, which currently operates from Salford Royal Hospital, will close at the end of September 2017 as part of wider plans for the hospital to develop its stroke and high-risk surgery facilities. It will reopen as the Ingleside Birth and Community Centre in a new location on 01 January 2018.


How does this affect me?


Choosing where to birth your baby is a really important decision to make. As from the 1st October 2017 the following options are available to for you to consider if you have previously booked to birth at Salford Birth Centre.


Option one: home birth  

Option two: midwifery led unit (alongside birth centre) at Royal Bolton Hospital, North Manchester General, Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester or Warrington Hospital.

Option three: within one of the consultant-led delivery suites at Royal Bolton Hospital, North Manchester General, Saint Mary’s Hospital in Manchester or Warrington Hospital.


For more information and support in making this decision please discuss with your community midwife at your next ante-natal appointment.


If you are due to give birth from January 2018 onwards, you have the additional option of choosing the new Ingleside Birth and Community Centre.


The Ingleside Birth and Community Centre is currently going through major refurbishment ready to reopen as a modern, freestanding midwifery-led maternity unit in a new location based in Oakwood Park, off Swinton Park Road in Salford. It will be the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester.


A birth centre is an option for women who want to give birth in a home-from-home, rather than clinical, environment. You can choose to deliver at a birth centre if you have had a healthy pregnancy with no complications and your midwife agrees you have a good chance of a normal delivery around the time your baby is due requiring no support from an obstetric doctor.


The centre will feature a full range of birthing suites with pools and birthing aids. It will also provide a community space for maternity and early years services such as antenatal and postnatal groups, breastfeeding support and perinatal mental health support.


Why are the services moving?


In 2015, doctors across Greater Manchester agreed to a major overhaul of NHS services by forming networks of linked hospitals working in partnership. The hospitals are now starting to work together as ‘single services’, providing specialist care with shared teams of medical staff.


Salford Royal is to become Greater Manchester’s stroke hyper-acute centre and a regional trauma centre. High-risk emergency and non-emergency surgery is set to be moved to Salford from other hospitals in Greater Manchester, meaning people in Salford will have one of the region’s most specialised hospitals on their doorstep.


To accommodate these specialist services and extra patients, Salford Royal needs to expand. This means the Salford Birth Centre and its antenatal and postnatal clinics, which are based at the hospital, need to move to community-based settings.