Maternity unit under review after reports
BIRTHS have been suspended at a maternity unit serving Cotswolds' mums.
Fears over working practices reported by staff and patients using the Cotswold Maternity Unit, at Chipping Norton, prompted the closure.
An internal review has now been launched by Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Trust.
The midwife-led unit, opened by David Cameron in 2010, saw 33 births this year. It is for women with low-risk pregnancies, not expected to need interventions in labour, including epidurals.
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An OUH spokesman said:"A number of actions have been taken and the suspension of births will enable a full review of the unit to be completed."
The review is expected to take three months.
The unit said women already booked in or considering giving birth there would be contacted to discuss options. The site would continue to provide antenatal support, babies' hearing tests, breast-feeding advice and postnatal care.