The Ingleside Birth and Community Center in Salford is no longer available as an option for mums-to-be to give birth at this time.
Instead, they will be redirected to the Royal Bolton Hospital, where they will be offered a range of options on how they wish to give birth.
Ingleside Birth and Community Center in Salford, the first birth center of its kind in Greater Manchester.
A Bolton NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said: “Ingleside is still open to those who choose to have antenatal appointments, scans and postnatal care there, meeting the same team of midwives throughout. pregnancy and beyond.
“It was not a decision we took lightly. We are working with other maternity service providers in Greater Manchester to be able to reopen Ingleside as a birthplace as soon as we can.
“We have made the decision to base the majority of our midwifery staff at the Royal Bolton Hospital for the time being, in order to maintain a high standard of care for all mums and babies.”
For women who have an uncomplicated pregnancy and plan to give birth in a midwife-led setting, there are still options for a variety of birthing experiences.
These include at home with an experienced midwife, at the Beehive Unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital, which offers a midwife-led experience similar to Ingleside, including a birthing pool, or in a midwife-led/low-risk room on the central delivery room which offers a midwife led similar experience in Ingleside, including a birthing pool.
However, during peak periods, the hospital said it could not always guarantee that all three options would be available.
This is the second time the birthing center has been closed with expectant mothers being redirected during covid-19 in January.
For more information about any of the delivery options, people are advised to speak to their midwife at their next appointment or speak to the team on 01204 390023.