MUMS-TO-BE in East Lancs are set to benefit from new equipment after the government announced more than £1.6million for better maternity environments across the region.

The Lancashire Women and New Born Centre in Burnley and Colne Health Centre will receive £22,505 to provide a range of new equipment including a sensory mobile unit for the Neonatal ICU and new equipment to set up an antenatal clinic.

The £32million birthing centre opened it’s doors for the first time in October 2010 and specialises in treating high-risk pregnancies and deliveries.

Around £10million is being pumped into 63 trusts across the UK to improve the places where women receive care before, during and after birth. The funding is also expected to give women more choice over where they give birth.

In the North West, around £1.6million is being shared between 10 trusts to allow women to give birth in more ‘homely’ environments and benefit from brand new equipment.

Maternity Minister Dr Dan Poulter said: "This investment in maternity care is all already making a big difference to families, with more choice and a better environment where women can give birth.

"But we want to do more. This £10 million investment has been targeted to the areas we know need it the most. It has also provided a boost to the local economy by supporting local, hardworking companies who will carry out the work.”

Cathy Warwick, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This £10 million fund is very welcome.

“Last year, the first tranche of funding made a big difference to our maternity units and mothers, babies and families are experiencing better facilities. I look forward to seeing more units reap the benefits of securing a grant.”