STRUCTURE: Work has begun on a new midwifery-led unit at Medway Maritime Hospital.

The new midwifery-led unit, which will cater for around 800 to 1,000 births a year, will offer a “comfortable, home-from-home environment, where the emphasis is on a relaxed birth experience which involves partners at every stage”, the trust said in a statement. 

The unit will be able to provide care to 10 women at any one time and will have five birthing rooms, four postnatal beds, two birthing pools, a low risk triage (assessment) and an education room.

The new unit, which will be called The Birth Place, is expected to open in September.