STRUCTURE: St Peters midwifery-led unit opened last month at Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate.

The unit opened on 24 September and 10 births have already been born there. The facilities include four birthing/bedrooms, two of which have birthing pools.

St Peters is the second midwifery-led unit to open at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. A similar unit opened at William Harvey Hospital in Ashford three years ago.

The units aim to provide a relaxed “home from home” birthing experience for healthy women who have had low risk pregnancies under the care of the midwives in an acute hospital setting.

The opening of the unit follows a reconfiguration of maternity services in East Kent.

Dover and Canterbury hospitals now offer maternity day care only.