The Trust is dedicated to providing safe personalised care and choice to women and birthing people. Our planned recruitment in the summer, 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.
Continuity of carer means that the same team of midwives assigned to an individual will support them throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. As well as providing a better experience, it also means we are able to accommodate an individual’s request to birth their baby at their place of choice, subject to it being medically safe to do so.
The 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.
We continue to offer antenatal and post-natal care at Wycombe birth centre and we have continued to offer three options for place of birth at home and alongside the midwifery led birth centre and the main labour ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
More information on the Trust’s commitment to delivering Better Births in Buckinghamshire available here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/national-maternity-review-report.pdf