Mums-to-be can now benefit from a state-of-the-art birth centre which opened at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2015.
The Fylde Coast Birth Centre offers excellent birthing facilities for mums who are low-risk in pregnancy, with four spacious en-suite birthing rooms, two with pools and a home-from-home environment making the birthing experience as normal as possible.
The facility runs independently but is alongside the Delivery Suite within the hospital’s Women and Children’s Unit.
It gives a homely environment staffed by Midwives with no medical intervention during birth, making it a more normal experience for mums.
Water and movement are predominantly used for pain relief although women are able to access whatever pain relief they require due to the close proximity of Delivery Suite next door.
This unit provides choices that women on the Fylde coast have not previously had. The traditional model, which is still available in the hospital, involves transferring mums and babies from the Delivery Suite to the ward area until discharge.
Mums delivering in the Fylde Coast Birth Centre will stay for about eight hours before being discharged home.