An Alongside Midwifery Unit has been created at Salisbury District Hospital. The joint governing bodies of Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (BSW CCGs) approved the change to maternity services in the region. It includes the creation of the Alongside Midwifery Unit.

The new unit will run alongside the existing obstetric unit, and enable low-risk women to have a midwife-led birth, safe in the knowledge that obstetric, neonatal and specialist teams are close by and readily available if required. The additional capacity will allow the obstetric-led service to focus on supporting women with higher risk pregnancies.

At present, the only midwife led option for Salisbury women is a home birth, which aren’t suitable for everyone. The new Alongside Midwifery Unit will significantly increase the choice available to mums in the area.

The improvements will be completed by Autumn 2021.’

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