A SECOND young mother had to undergo the trauma of giving birth 50 miles away because there were no specialist beds available near home.
Natascha Holland, 21, of Brighouse, had baby Farrah-Leigh in Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop, after being turned away from Calderdale Royal Hospital.
Now she and her partner, Paul Williams, have questioned the sense in centralising maternity services for Huddersfield and Halifax at Calderdale.
Natascha is the second mum to come forward with traumatic experiences of undergoing a 90-minute ambulance transfer.
Hayley Cotton, of Lowerhouses, had her baby, Daisy-Boo, in York.
And a third woman, mum-to-be Shelley Swindells, was told when she went into the hospital with suspected early labour that she could have to go to either Hull or Scarborough.
Her husband Matt said: “After speaking to a number of people within the maternity services, both at Halifax and Huddersfield, there seems to be a big problem with maternity care at Halifax.”
Natascha, 21, of Gooder Lane, went into labour two months early on August 29 while visiting her mum in Brackenhall. Partner Paul, 37, father of eight-year-old Harvey, said: “We called an ambulance and she was rushed to Calderdale but when we got there staff said there were no beds.
“She was put back into an ambulance and we had to go to Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, 50 miles away. I thought they may take us to Leeds or Bradford but we had a 90-minute journey down the M62 and A1.
“Farrah-Leigh was born on Sunday weighing 3lb 14oz and she had to stay there for four days before she could be brought back to Calderdale.
“Natascha stayed with her but I had to drive there and back every day, which was agony as I have a damaged spine.
“It is very worrying that services have been centralised but they cannot fund beds for mothers. We had a great service before they changed and now it seems so wrong.”
Mr Swindells, of Birchencliffe, added: “Shelley was admitted with suspected early labour. The first midwife told us that there were no special care baby places due to lack of staff and said there was a possibility of being moved to another hospital if my wife was deemed to be in active labour. When we asked where, the answer was potentially Hull or Scarborough.”
Helen Thomson, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust director of nursing, said: “The trust is part of the neonatal network in Yorkshire which, works to ensure that there are cots for babies who require specialist treatment and intensive care in the Yorkshire region.
“Hospitals throughout the country work together in this same way as no single hospital could have a unit that could cater for the constantly changing demands on its neonatal service.
“Working together is an important safety net and while it is regrettable that sometimes women who have gone into labour prematurely have to travel it is to make sure that when their baby is delivered there is a specialist cot available with the specialist nurses needed to care for the baby”.