Important notice for expectant mothers: increasing access to Calderdale Birth Centre

We understand that more women want to give birth at Calderdale Birth Centre.

We’ve listened to your feedback, and from May 1 are increasing access to the Birth Centre for women who choose to have a midwife-led birth.

This is to enable you to have more choice in where you labour and birth your baby. Midwife-led births will continue to be available on the labour ward.

Safety has, and always will be, our top priority.

If you are in active labour and would like a midwife-led birth at Calderdale Birth Centre, from May 1 2023 you will need to call the duty midwives before arriving at the hospital on 01422 224417.

A midwife will then meet you at the Birth Centre to take care of you and support you to give birth to your baby. The reception desk will not be staffed, so it is very important that you call ahead of arriving at the birth centre.

For women who would like to give birth on the labour ward, nothing is changing. You still need to call Maternity Assessment on 01422 224392.

To talk more about your options on where to give birth, please talk to your community midwife, who will be able to support you.

When you need us, we will be there.

CHFT Maternity Team