Unit is christened by baby Joseph

Unit is christened by baby Joseph

THE SOUNDS of a baby's cries have been ringing around the new Bronte Birthing Centre this week for the first time.

The new £1.38 million midwife-led unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital opened on Monday - but staff had to wait until the early hours of Tuesday for their first birth.

Amy Lloyd welcomed her son Joseph into the world at 2.59am.

The new mum praised the facilities and said: “It was a really great experience, everything went very well and I was impressed with the birth suite. It was clean, comfortable and state of the art.

"I delivered in the birthing pool which made the final phase more comfortable for me. I was, along with my husband offered a double bed to rest afterwards so we were able to recover at our own pace.

"The en-suite with shower was convenient and a welcome improvement from last time. I would definitely recommend the new unit.

“The care of the midwives was fantastic and they remembered me from my first pregnancy with George. I had no worries coming here and it was all very good.”

The new facility will not have any consultants on site, who will now all be based at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.

Expectant mothers who have a straightforward birth will use the Bronte Birthing Centre while those who suffer complications and require a consultant to be present will travel to Wakefield.

The new centre comes amid a host of changes at Dewsbury Hospital including changes to children services and planned changes to the Accident and Emergency department which will come into effect in spring 2017.

A protest was held outside the hospital last week to mark the first round of changes.

Campaigners claim services are being downgraded while Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust argue services are simply being centralised to offer more specialist care.

A dedicated email address has been set up for members of the public who have questions about the new birth centre and wider hospital changes betterhospitals@midyorks.nhs.uk.

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