Preferred birthplace of local women if Obstetrics returned to the Horton General Hospital
Keep the Horton General is keen to find out how many women of childbearing age living within the Horton General Hospital’s catchment area would prefer to use the Horton’s maternity unit as a birthplace if a full Obstetric service was returned to it.
(Obstetrics means having doctors and anaethetists present who can deal with complications, perform surgery, e.g. Caesarians, and give a wider spectrum of pain relief such as epidurals. It also includes a Special Care Baby Unit for premature or sick babies, meaning all services can be provided in-house.
The unit at the Horton is currently midwife-led, meaning only women whose pregnancies are considered ‘low-risk’ can give birth there, and the above services can not be provided there. Women would have to travel to an obstetric unit, usually the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, if they experienced complications during labour, required surgery, or if their baby needed special care.)