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New birthing centre
12:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in Andover
ANDOVER mums-to-be have much greater choice about where they give birth from today following the launch of the new DOMINO birthing service at Andover hospital.
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held a short event to mark the renaming of Hampshire Hospitals Maternity Centre, Andover, formerly the Andover Birth Centre, where the new service is based.
A trust spokeswoman said: “The DOMINO provision allows women, for whom it is clinically appropriate and it is their choice, to have a visit at home in early labour before deciding where to have their baby - either at home or in their local maternity centre.
“If they choose to have their baby in the maternity centre they are transferred home again within four hours, into the care of their midwifery team.
“DOMINO is just one option from a range of choices available to women, including hospitals at Basingstoke and Winchester and home birth.”
In attendance were Sir George Young MP, Mrs Dorothy Baverstock, Mayor of Test Valley, and other invited guests.
The new service will complement the midwifeled ante-natal and postnatal maternity care already available at the maternity centre.
Sir George said the reopening of the service, weeks after the introduction of mobile chemotherapy services at the hospital, showed the commitment of the new Foundation Trust to the development of services in Andover.