The Central Birth Suite in the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre (LWNC) provides care for women with high risk pregnancies and is a centre of excellence for women with complex pregnancies.

Having only been open since 2010 it is equipped with the state of the art equipment to provide specialist care to women with both obstetric and medical problems and has two alongside theatres to provide both elective (planned) and emergency care. 

All staff encourage and promote normality respecting the process of normal birth.  Whilst the birth suite in the main supports women with complex pregnancies choices are always respected and facilitated where possible.  Supervisors of midwives are very proactive on the Central Birth Suite supporting women in their choice of place and type of birth.

The Central Birth Suite has two pools and mobile fetal monitoring to facilitate the use of the pool for women with complex pregnancies. 

There is a dedicated  team of midwives supported by maternity care assistants, obstetricians, anaesthetists, theatre staff and neonatologists providing expert care within the LWNC.  Regular training and excellent team working make the Central Birth Suite a centre of excellence to have your baby whether the pregnancy is low risk or complex.

Facilities available

  • 19 birth rooms,

  • 2 close observation beds which are used if 'mum' requires further monitoring after the baby is born 

  • 2 birth pools with the option of mobile fetal monitoring. 

  • Level 3 Neonatology provision

  • 24 hour care is provided.

  • A suite is available to provide a sensitive and sympathetic environment in which privacy and dignity is respected so that bereaved families can spend time with their baby. The Central Birth Suite team, recognize the importance of the emotional and practical support at this time and are presently working in collaboration with the Neonatal team to continue to improve this service and train other staff to deliver this bereavement support. The team is developing a continuing support service for families once they have gone home.

  • The team of staff has the expertise and skill to provide a safe and caring environment facilitating and supporting normality and offering choice.  Through supervision we can offer personalised care planning for complex births

Patient feedback

The central birth team always welcome feedback from users and families to continue to develop and improve services. 

User representatives are always welcome to meet with us as we need to understand what services local women / families want us to deliver.  We value you as our users and want to provide the best quality service for you.