Birth centre reopens

October 31 2019

COSSHAM Birth Centre has reopened following its unexpected closure a year ago.

It is now operating under a “Open on Arrival” model for women in labour, which applies day and night. This means the centre will be opened specifically for a birth and closed afterwards. 

The centre will be an option for low risk women assessed as suitable by their midwife. 

North Bristol NHS Trust director of nursing and quality, Helen Blanchard, said: “We are pleased to be re-opening Cossham Birth Centre and where possible, give women the option of choosing to have their baby there. Regardless of birth place option, all women will be safe and well cared for.”

The centre temporarily closed in October 2018 due to an "unprecedented" number of women needing inductions and a shortage of midwives.