Your choice of maternity services...
If 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
- 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:
- Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
- Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
- Warrington and Halton Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust
Opening soon: Ingleside Birth and Community Centre
The Ingleside Birth and Community Centre is currently going through major refurbishment ready to reopen in early 2018 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. The centre will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will provide midwife-led care. This means it is staffed by midwives from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust with no doctors. It offers extra choice of birthplace to the women of Salford and 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 Ingleside Birth and Community 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.
What if I want to give birth at a birth centre and Ingleside is yet to open?
Choosing where to birth your baby is a really important decision to make. Until Ingleside opens, you have the following options are available to for you to consider:
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. You can keep up to date with the progress of the Ingleside Birth Centre by following this page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/InglesideSalford/