THE new Calderdale Birth Centre, for women who choose to have their babies in a home-from-home environment, is due to open soon.
The unit is on the ground floor at the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.
It replaces the former midwife-led unit and is part of the major changes under way which will create a specialist maternity and special care baby unit at the hospital.
It is due to open to its first mums and babies this month.
A group of Calderdale women who have already given birth at the hospital were asked what they would want from the new centre and it was designed, as far as possible, to include their suggestions.
The unit has six rooms and another with a birthing pool, all with en suite facilities. The fittings and soft furnishings are modern and add to the homely environment.
The rooms are named after flowers; bluebell, primrose, periwinkle, snowdrop, celandine, anemone and hyacinth.
There is also a room with specialist birthing equipment such as a birthing sling which uses gravity to an aid a smooth birth, birthing balls, birthing stools and aromatherapy.
Gas and air will also be available for pain relief in every room in the unit.
Senior midwife and team leader Janet Russell-Cox, said: “The unit will be a tremendous asset for the many women who want the option of a more natural, relaxed birth.
“Midwife-led care has always been extremely popular at this hospital and we have an excellent team of midwives for our mums-to-be.
“We expect it to be even more popular once the unit opens.”