Ingleside Birthing Center to close birthing center

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

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

Instead, they will be diverted to the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Ingleside Birth and Community Center in Salford, the first birth center of its kind in Greater Manchester.

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

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We are working with other maternity providers in Greater Manchester to re-open Ingleside as a birth center as soon as we are able.

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

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

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

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

This is the second time the birthing center has been closed with mothers having to be diverted 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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