doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals are among 100 in the region that will share a £25 million fund to improve and upgrade their maternity units, Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter announced today.
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals will receive £189,000.
Meanwhile Rotherham Hospital will receive £299,000 and Barnsley Hospital £748,482.
The money will go towards a wide range of projects, with funding for a large number of simple measures that improve choice for women and their experience of maternity care.
Improvements will include almost 40 new birthing pools, which can help make labour less stressful and painful, eight new midwife-led units and more en suite facilities in over 40 maternity units, providing more dignity and privacy for women because they won’t have to walk through the unit to use the bathroom;
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said:
“A new arrival in the family is a joyous time but it can present a real challenge for mums and families, particularly those experiencing it for the first time.
“We are now going to see huge improvements to maternity services right across the country – from birthing pools to family rooms and even new midwifery-led units. These will make a big difference to the experience mums and families have of NHS maternity services, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.
“Maternity units have had to show evidence that they asked mums and dads about what changes they need to make – so we know these are the changes local people really want to see.”