Personalised Care & Your Choices -

Alongside Midwifery Led Units (AMLU)

Alongside Midwifery Led Units are being developed on West Cumberland Hospital, and Cumberland Infirmary sites.  This increases choice of different birthplace settings available locally to women in West North and East Cumbria.

What Is Happening Locally

Midwifery Led Pathway

Development of more defined Midwifery Led Pathway has been taking place.  

There is currently an audit looking at the care and experiences of women who have been using this pathway. 

Birthing Room Environments Improvements

Alongside Midwifery Led Unit Birth Room environments have been improved through Co- production with West Cumbria Maternity Voices to provide a more comfortable, less medicalised environment, and allow space for being Mums to be more active in labour. Local Mums and Partners have been involved and have sourced Photographs from local photographers to make unit more attractive. Developed posters showing Mums and partners what equipment there is and how to use it; and sourcing photo wall paper for the two AMLU rooms. 

Birth Pool

Maternity Voices has been instrumental working with NCUH Trust to attract funding from Sellafield Snowball Committee for an additional birth pool to be installed at WCH

Personalised Care Plans & Digital Update

All local women will be encouraged to write a Personalised Care Plan. 

For Mums- to- be Booking-in since March 2019 digital maternity notes have started.  

The uptake of women choosing to have digital notes has been high.  

Mums can access a Parent App on mobile, or computer.  

This PDF explains how to access it.

We would love to hear how this has been working for you. Contact us to let us know your views.

Check out the new video where Julie Haigh, Community Midwife, discusses how free NHS Wi Fi in local GP practices is helping midwives to provide a better service for people in remote parts of Cumbria.

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Your Choice Where to have your baby –

Pregnancy and Birth Choices

NHS England - decision aides

Pregnancy and Birth Choices

This new App for women giving birth in the Northeast and North Cumbria has been launched in June 2019. 

You can choose to go to the closest or neighbouring maternity unit. Some hospitals are more suitable for women and children who have extra healthcare needs.

pregnancy and birth choices

NHS England - decision aides

Two new maternity decision aids have been developed by NHS England alongside The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, with endorsement from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

These publications aim to help and advise women, when making the decision around where to give birth. There are two versions now available on the NHS website – one for women who have had a baby before and one for women having their first baby.

** Please note that this information is for healthy, low-risk women and should be used as part of your comprehensive personalised discussion with a midwife.**

Have a read let us know your views. Send us your views

Your Choice Where to have your baby – Local Choice leaflet

Choice leaflets providing local choice information are being developed.
Watch this space for updates.

Active Births

‘Keep Labour Flowing’ Posters


West Cumbria Maternity Voices are pleased to launch some fab new labour support resources for you.

Put together by a dedicated group of Mums and Dads, with input from Midwives at West Cumberland, and desk top technical support from Paul at North Cumbria CCG, this has been a co-production project!  

Many thanks to all involved with especial thanks to Jenny Fye and Clare Cooper for seeing a need and being the chief creators and authors.  

These resources will be used in Antenatal Classes and be available in all the birth rooms at both maternity units.