Ingleside Birth Centre to close birthing centre

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is closing its birthing centre due to a shortage of midwives.

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre in Salford will no longer be available as an option for mums-to-be to give birth.

Instead they will be redirected to Royal Bolton Hospital.

Ingleside Birth and Community Centre in Salford, the first-of-its kind birth centre in Greater Manchester.

A spokesperson for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said: “Ingleside is still open for those who choose to have antenatal appointments, scans and postnatal care there, meeting with the same team of midwives throughout pregnancy and beyond.

“This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly. We’re working with other providers of maternity services in Greater Manchester to be able to reopen Ingleside as a place of birth as soon as we are able to.

“We have taken the decision to base the majority of our midwifery staff at Royal Bolton Hospital at this time, in order to maintain high quality of care for all mums and babies.”

For women who have an uncomplicated pregnancy who plan to give birth within a midwife led setting, there are still options for a variety of birthing experiences.

These include at home with an experienced widwife, at the Beehive Unit at Royal Bolton Hospital, which offers a midwife led experience similar to Ingleside, including a birthing pool, or in a midwife led/low risk room on the central delivery suite which offers a midwife led experience similar to Ingleside, including a birthing pool.

In busy times however the hospital said they cannot always guarantee these three options will be available.

This is the second time the birth centre has been closed with mums-to-be redirected during covid-19 back in January.

For more information about any of the birth options, people are advised to speak to their midwife at their next appointment or speak to the team on 01204 390023.

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