Burnley Birth Centre is situated within the Lancashire Women and Newborn unit and is an alongside birth centre which means it is alongside the Birth Suite where women with more complex pregnancies may choose to have their babies.

It provides a holistic approach to midwifery care and promotes active and normal birth processes for those women who are not anticipating any problems. It is staffed by the community midwifery teams of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale areas.

There is a family centred approach with the emphasis on sensitive midwifery care.  Women are encouraged to move through their labour supported by skilled midwives and their choice of birth partners.  All staff encourage and promote physiological (natural) birth by recognizing and respecting the process of normal birth.  The evidence tells us that women who move around in labour and are in a relaxed environment require less pain relieving drugs and often progress through labour more quickly.

There are three birth pools available in the Birth Centre if you wish to use them either for pain relief / relaxation during labour or to birth your baby in water.


Burnley Birth Centre has 7 birth rooms (3 of which have birth pools).

We have birth stools, mats and CD players available to aid your relaxation and comfort.

Burnley Birth Centre is located alongside the Central Birth Suite should transfer of care be required.

Services available at Burnley Birth Centre

  • Antenatal and postnatal care to women and their newborns
  • Care in labour for midwifery led women
  • Immediate postnatal care
  • Newborn examination and vaccination if required
  • Tours of the facilities at Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre - tours are suspended until further notice
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Hearing screening
  • Home birth service
  • Parent education programmes


Tours of the facility are offered on a Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. 

Please note, all tours have been suspended until further notice.

You can view a virtual tour here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35KluKWoG44