The state-of-the-art facility has been designed and built to give women more choice about the birth of their baby. It will be one of a options available to expectant mums in Lothian, alongside hospital and home births.

The birth centre mixes the best of both previous options and offers women a more “homely” environment with all of the advantages of hospital medical expertise nearby.

It has six bright and airy delivery rooms, each with their own en-suite facilities, a dedicated birthing pool and equipment to help women feel more comfortable during labour, including birth balls, mats and pillows.

Around 1,500 women a year, who are assessed as being unlikely to require high-tech medical interventions, will be able to have their babies in the more “homely” environment.

Last Reviewed: 20/10/2011