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Proud to be a Poolie Campaign!

Pregnant WomanWe know the Maternity Unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool has seen a huge drop in the number of town births since it switched from consultant to midwife-led nine years ago. This has led to fresh fears that it could be shut down in the future.

A Hartlepool Councillor said that new mums are being "frightened" into giving birth at North Tees, where there is support in case of any complications. North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust says mums-to-be are given the choice of giving birth at Hartlepool if they are classed as 'low risk'.

But the Councillor added: "I believe new mums are being unnecessarily frightened by certain people in the medical profession, who say if there are complications they will have to blue light them to North Tees. Understandably, most new mums aren't going to take the risk. As a result, we have seen a massive reduction in births in Hartlepool."

Sign our petition to secure our Maternity Unit, and force the Foundation Trust to look again at how it operates our maternity services, so that women can feel confident about giving birth in our great town!

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