Ingleside Birth Centre opened on Tuesday 3 April 2018 to provide a local facility for women who want a midwife-led birth in Salford.
The fully refurbished and modern, freestanding midwifery-led unit is the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester, and will offer women from across Salford and Greater Manchester, the choice to give birth to their baby in a home from home environment, should they be suitable.
Women who have been identified as having a low-risk pregnancy, and who are not expected to require support from a doctor during birth, will be able to give birth at Ingleside.
The service will be run by midwives from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, who have been providing maternity care in the Salford area for a number of years. This will now provide women in the area with access to their full range of maternity services, which also includes home births or accessing one of the maternity suites at the Princess Anne Maternity Unit, Royal Bolton Hospital.
Set in the beautiful grounds of Oakwood Park, Ingleside is steeped in history. The birth centre itself has four birthing suites each with its own birthing pool. Specialist mood lighting, high definition projectors displaying natural images and sounds and the facility to play your own music are just some of the features that will create a positive and relaxing birthing environment for those women who do not wish to give birth in hospital.
The centre will also act as a community hub to women and their families for the whole area, offering antenatal and postnatal clinics and classes, sessions on hypnobirthing, infant feeding support, a range of complementary therapies and much more.
If you would like to book to give birth at Ingleside, discuss this with your midwife at one of their antenatal appointments.
Ingleside is available for women to give birth 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The centre is also open to the community between 8.30am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday.