Walsall MLU to reopen to expectant mums after more than two years

A midwife unit in Walsall is set to reopen after births were suspended over staffing concerns.

Midwifery-Led Unit in Charles Street, Walsall
Midwifery-Led Unit in Charles Street, Walsall

The borough's midwifery-led unit will open its doors on January 6, nearly three years after it closed.

The unit - which offers supportive antenatal, postnatal and perinatal mental health clinics - is on Charles Street, around 500 metres from Walsall Manor Hospital.

It was shut midway through 2017 due to staffing concerns throughout maternity at the hospital.

The suspension was regularly reviewed and a recruitment campaign was launched to improve staffing across the service, the NHS Tru

Carla Jones-Charles, interim director of midwifery, gynaecology and sexual health at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "We have been working hard across our teams in maternity services to be able to reopen our MLU for births for low risk women and this is a fantastic way to start 2020 for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

"We will be providing greater options for birth as detailed in the Better Births recommendations and we know that research shows that low risk women are more likely to have better outcomes if they receive care within an MLU and are less likely to need intervention.

"We believe there are many compelling reasons why women should choose to give birth in Walsall and we look forward to supporting them to do so."

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