The way we provide maternity services at the Friarage Hospital has changed and we now operate a free-standing midwife-led unit, run by experienced midwives.
What are the key changes?
- We are opening free-standing midwife-led unit at the Friarage Hospital – run by experienced midwives – for pregnant women who are medically fit, have had a normal pregnancy and are at low risk of complication
- Round-the-clock cover will no longer be provided by obstetricians (who provide assistance if pregnancy and birth become complicated) and paediatricians (who care for children including new-born babies)
- Pregnant women with a high risk of complications can no longer have a baby at the Friarage Hospital and will need to go to a consultant-led unit, such as The James Cook University Hospital or Darlington Memorial Hospital
- The special care baby unit is closing
What is not changing?
- Low risk women can still give birth at Friarage
- Women can still receive their outpatient antenatal care at the Friarage