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Royal College of Midwives and Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust showcase the city’s excellent maternity services to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

Mothers, babies, midwives and doctors at Bradford Royal Infirmary are set to welcome a royal visitor.

HRH The Princess Royal will visit the maternity unit on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 in her role as Patron of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).

HRH The Princess Royal will visit the midwife-led Birth Centre, the consultant-led labour ward, and the Snowdrop Bereavement Suite. She will also meet staff and talk to mothers to hear about their experiences of birth.

The RCM President Professor Lesley Page and Chief Executive, Cathy Warwick along with NHS staff and dignitaries will accompany Her Royal Highness on her visit.

The visit will highlight the work being done by midwives and other members of the maternity team at the unit, to enhance pregnancy and birth experiences. This includes the Trust’s Better Start Bradford project which aims to improve outcomes for women in a deprived area of the city and the landmark Born in Bradford project, a cutting-edge research study tracking the lives of thousands of children born in the district.

There will also be a focus on the RCM’s Better Births initiative which aims to encourage normality throughout pregnancy and birth for all women. The initiative is working to increase access to midwifery-led continuity of care, and to reduce maternal and newborn health inequalities.

Her Royal Highness will unveil a plaque commemorating her visit.

Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Clive Kay said: 'We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has chosen to visit our maternity services in her role as patron of the RCM.

“The staff are very much looking forward to meeting her to explain how we work with women and their families to provide highly valued, personalised care and choice in a safe and welcoming birth environment.

“Her Royal Highness will also get the opportunity to tour our first-class maternity facilities and speak with our dedicated and professional workforce.”

Commenting on the visit, Professor Lesley Page, president of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is an exceptional maternity team offering women, their babies and families excellent care. I am delighted that The Princess Royal is making this visit to the Trust’s maternity unit.”