Pregnant women now able to give birth in Hartlepool for first time in two years – Teesside Live

Pregnant women will now be able to give birth in Hartlepool for the first time in two years.

Since 2018, people from the town have welcomed their babies into the world at University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

The University Hospital of Hartlepool will now coordinate births for women deemed low risk throughout their pregnancy.

The hospital now has a newly furbished birthing centre - The Roman Suite - which patients are now able to book.

The suite features specially designed rooms with a 'home away from home' atmosphere to assist women to stay upright and active during their birth, as well as abirth pool suite.

A team of highly qualified midwives at the hospital will also offer pregnant women a 'Continuity of Carer' pathway.

This ensures the same midwife will be assigned to care for the woman throughout the whole of her pregnancy journey, includingher birth.

Julie Lane is chief nurse and director of Patient Safety and Quality at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which runs both hospitals.

She said: "To say were thrilled is an understatement!

"Weve been working towards this for a long time. The centre has been completely re-fitted and the team is ready to go.

"The rooms are furnished to a very high standard and are very comfortable.

"We expect the first babies in the Rowan Suite around April 2021 and were all really excited to greet the new arrivals."

The Rowanteam will provide ante- and post-natal care, co-ordinate births andcare for women who are deemed low risk throughout their pregnancy.

Low risk includes:

Those who do not meet the low-riskcriteria will continue to receive care and support planning for their birth within the obstetric unit at the University of North Tees.

Councillor Shane Moore, leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: "We welcome the investment in a new state-of-the-art birthing centre and we look forward to the days when babies are once again being born in the town."

Louise Johnson, care group director for the trust, said: "Our ambition is for babies to be born in Hartlepool.

"The maternity team will be supporting women pre and post conception, with the overall aim of improving their health to enable them to deliver in the Rowan Suite."

The name 'Rowan Suite' is inspired by the rowan tree. Known as the tree-of-life and the protector, the rowan tree is renowned for its strength and resilience.

Louise Johnson, care group director for the Trust, added: "Our ambition is for babies to be born in Hartlepool.

"The maternity team will be supporting women pre and post conception, with the overall aim of improving their health to enable them to deliver in the Rowan Suite."

Pregnant women in the Stockton and Hartlepool area can register their pregnancy here.

Women eligible to birth their baby in the Rowan Suite will be contacted by the team.

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