Maternity services

Pregnant mum

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

Friarage maternity centre video

Pregnancy and birth place choices leaflet (231kb)
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Maternity centre factsheet (382kb)
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