Latest news from Brighton and Hove Maternity Services

We had a fantastic MSLC meeting yesterday with the Royal Sussex midwives who updated us on the following:

Refurbishment of the labour ward:
– the new pool room with ensuite loo/wet room is up and running.
– another birthing room with ensuite loo/wet room is also up and running.
– work continues to create ensuite facilities across the rest of the labour ward.

The new homebirth service:
– the new homebirth service launched last week with a dedicated homebirth team.
– in the 1st week, 10 women in Brighton and Hove birthed at home, almost as many as in the last month !
– the community and hospital midwives have already reported a huge boost in morale around home birth and are looking forward to promoting this choice to suitable women.

Everyone is expecting these developments to increase the normal birth rate – watch this space !

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