Published: July 10, 2012
Our Maternity departments at Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals provide women with care prior to and throughout pregnancy, delivery and following the birth. Care is also provided in hospital, women’s homes and at surgeries. The type of care available ranges from ‘low tech’ support and encouragement of normal birth to high quality provision with a dedicated Obstetric High Dependency Unit for complex cases.
Over 6,000 women give birth each year at the Princess of Wales Women’s Unit at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital while Good Hope Hospital Maternity unit sees the delivery of approximately 3,000 babies per year. There is a midwife-led unit at Solihull Hospital and our community midwifery service also facilitates home birth.
We’re working together in Birmingham and Solihull to ensure every baby has the best possible start in life. As one of two local maternity providers we are proud to be part of the Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity and Newborn Partnership (Bump), alongside other NHS organisations, local authorities and voluntary organisations, united by our vision for our local maternity system where:
Every woman will be empowered to access consistent, world-class and holistic care right for them, their baby and their family
Every year, Birmingham and Solihull welcomes more than 18,500 babies, and we know that the numbers of babies born is likely to increase over the next few years. Our population is also very diverse, with many factors impacting the support mums and babies require at different stages of their pregnancy journey. Ensuring we are able to not only meet the needs of every woman, baby and family, but also exceed those needs, is why we have set out to form a local maternity system, where there are no organisational barriers to care, recognising our efforts and resources are best spent together.
Who are the partners?
The key partners, including health commissioners, providers and local authorities, are:
- Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
- Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust
- Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
- Birmingham City Council
- Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
What can you expect from Bump?
We’re still working through our plans for our local maternity system for Birmingham and Solihull. We aim to make some real differences to the way we organise and deliver our services to achieve better outcomes for women, babies and families.
Bump aims to introduce :
- A single point of access for all maternity referrals making sure you have access to the right care from day one, through your dedicated midwife
- Dedicated Community hubs – bringing midwifery and specialist care to convenient locations and
- A host of additional services, including online antenatal courses and much more…
To find out more about Bump, including how you can get involved, visit the Bump website.