Newborn babyHaving a baby is a special time in your life and we would like to make sure you receive the maternity care you want in the place you want wherever possible. If you are pregnant, you have a number of choices about where to go for your maternity care, which your midwife will discuss with you. The choice can depend on what services are available in your local area - as well as clinical judgement on what is going to be best for you and your baby – but the majority of women are able to personally choose their maternity care.

Personalised choice and care

This is your pregnancy and it is your choice as to where, when and how you wish to be cared for. Your midwife will guide and support you to make the right choices for you and your family including:

  • Your chosen maternity provider

  • Where you can access and receive ante-natal care

  • Where you wish to birth your baby

  • Where you can access and receive post-natal care following the birth of your baby

As your pregnancy progresses and your baby develops, your preferences and personal needs may change. If this happens your midwife and/or obstetrician will explore your options with you and help you with any new decisions/choices.

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Important information about Ingleside Birth and Community Centre

As a result of the national shortage of midwives, we regrettably will not be able to offer women the option to have their baby at Ingleside Birth and Community Centre at the current time.

Salford is part of the Greater Manchester Pioneer and you have a choice of maternity services at the following hospitals and communities:

Each hospital offers a range of standard and specialist maternity care within your local community and hospital setting.

Birth at home or in a midwife led unit is recommended for women who have a straight forward/ low risk pregnancy.

Birth in a delivery suite is led by a consultant obstetrician and recommended for women with known health conditions or risks associated with their pregnancy and or baby.

Wherever you choose to birth your baby in Greater Manchester you will have access to expert facilities from highly skilled and experienced staff to ensure you receive the best quality safe care during your birth.

The attached maternity care choices booklet will help you choose which maternity provider you wish to be cared by during your pregnancy, place of birth and following the birth of your baby.

One or more options may be recommended to you, based on your personal medical history and previous pregnancies. If your circumstances change or if you or your baby develop complications you may need to consider making new choices even if you have already arranged to have your baby elsewhere.

This is your pregnancy and this is your choice.

Regrettably Ingleside Birth and Community Centre in Salford is not currently available for births due to the national shortage of midwives. 

The fully refurbished and modern, freestanding midwifery-led unit in Salford is the only one of its kind in Greater Manchester and offers women from across the city 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 is run by midwives from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, who have been providing maternity care in the Salford area for a number of years. This now provides 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.

It is intended that the centre will become 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.

Women who would like to book to give birth at Ingleside should discuss this with their midwife at one of their antenatal appointments. Their midwife will be able to discuss their options with them, and provide more information about the centre.

Women can also contact or follow the centre on Facebook @InglesideSalford for updates and information.

Ingleside will be available for women to give birth 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The centre will be open to the community between 8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday.