SUPPORT for a midwife-led maternity unit - or birth centre - has come from an Olton mother-of-two, who has campaigned for improvements in NHS services.
Catherine Gulati, who is the former chairman of the maternity services liaison committee for the Heart of England Trust and Solihull Care Trust said the proposed change should be viewed as an opportunity, not a threat.
“It can enhance local services, and offer choice to women,” she said. “Having interviewed many mothers, the importance of good one-to-one midwife care is constantly mentioned.
“At present, Birmingham Women’s Hospital has a birth centre, but Solihull and Heartlands do not. We now have a chance to campaign for proper investment and for local involvement in plans so we can have a birth centre to be proud of.
“The environment should be re-designed to provide comfort, relaxation, privacy and dignity. Research shows that births in birth centres can lead to better outcomes and fewer complications.
“The need for medical interventions such as caesareans, forceps and episiotomies which have long-term repercussions is reduced.”