Walsall’s Midwifery-Led Unit (MLU) is set to re-open for births in a week’s time – with tours taking place for mums-to-be and their partners to have a look around and talk to staff.
The unit, which is the Black Country’s only freestanding MLU, will continue to offer supportive antenatal, postnatal and perinatal mental health clinics.
Births were suspended at the unit in Charles Street in 2017 due to midwifery staffing concerns throughout maternity at Walsall Manor Hospital. This suspension was regularly reviewed and a recruitment campaign has been ongoing as part of efforts to stabilise the service and improve staffing.
Maternity Services received a rating of “Good” from the Care Quality Commission in 2019 and pregnant women registered with all GP practices, regardless of address, are now able to give birth at Walsall Manor Hospital if they choose.
Walsall Maternity Services are also now accepting transfer bookings for any pregnant women who wish to give birth at Walsall Manor Hospital who are currently booked elsewhere.
Women will be encouraged to speak to their community midwife at their 36 week appointment about birthing on the MLU. Midwives, or women can ring the MLU directly for advice
Carol King Stephens is organising tours of the MLU and they can be booked by calling the unit direct on 01922 721172 ext 5422.