The Midwifery Led Unit is a standalone unit, available for low risk women. Community Midwives and maternity support workers will provide care in the unit, as Midwives are the experts in normal birth.
The Trust's Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) is based right in the heart of Walsall's town centre and is less than one mile from the Manor Hospital site. This 'home from home' environment is run by the Trust's highly experienced team of community midwives and provides pregnant 'low risk' women and their families a relaxed environment to bring their baby into the world. The unit comprises of three double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and birthing pools. Each of the rooms are furnished in a homely way to create a calm and relaxing environment, with gentle mood lighting and soft furnishings.
The unit has a kitchen for families to use and also has music and TV facilities throughout - bringing a real piece of comfort for families on their special day. The unit provides a Reflexology service, Parent Education Sessions, Hypnobirthing Courses, and routine Antenatal and Postnatal care.
The unit provides a 24 hour service, 7 days a week and is available for any woman who has a straightforward, low-risk, pregnancy and is at least 37 weeks pregnant. Doctors are not available, however, the hospital site is less than one mile away should any concerns arise during your stay.
Why the MLU?
National and local Midwifery guidelines encourage normality in birth and the least possible amount of intervention in the delivery of a baby is better for mother and baby. The place of birth has a powerful influence on a women's experience of labour and women who choose to give birth in this setting will have the best opportunity to achieve a more natural childbirth.