Report calls for more midwife-led units

There should be more midwife-led units such as Darley Birth Centre, as having a baby in hospital is not always the safer option, according to a report from the Royal College of Obstretricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

But it appears the report will not change the minds of Derbyshire’s NHS bosses, who are proposing to close Darley birth centre.

David Sharp, chief executive of NHS Derbyshire County, advocated midwifery-led units adjacent to a major hospital.

He said: “The report recommends the use of midwifery-led units as safe and appropriate places for women to give birth, which we fully endorse. However, the report does not advocate the use of stand alone midwifery units.”