Wycombe Birth Centre
The Trust is dedicated to providing safe personalised care and choice to women and birthing people.
The Trust took the difficult decision to temporarily stop births at the Wycombe Birth Centre in March 2020 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce and our need to ensure the safety of all women and babies in our care.
Our planned recruitment in the summer 2021, combined with the students who will complete their training in October, and adapting our team to support the introduction of a continuity of carer model, should enable us to re-open Wycombe Birth Centre as an option for women due to give birth from December 2021.
The temporary suspension of some services at Wycombe Birth Centre during the pandemic has been essential in order to maintain safe staffing across all maternity services at BHT. A number of our midwives were unable to be on site during the pandemic because they were shielding or self-isolating; we also had a number of midwives leave and relocate to work nearer to their families.
If you are currently considering your birthing options, or had planned to give birth at Wycombe Birth Centre, please be assured that you will continue to be fully supported by a birth centre continuity team midwife.
Aylesbury Birth Centre has the same midwifery-led care as the Wycombe Birth Centre which means you can maintain your birth plan; you also have the choice of home and the consultant-led labour ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Your midwife will discuss all options with you.
Antenatal and outpatient postnatal care continue to be offered at Wycombe Birth Centre.
Please contact your midwife if you have any concerns or questions. Thank you for your understanding.