Aston Villa have joined forces with a West Midlands NHS Trust to deliver maternity care at Villa Park.
Clinics for expectant mums and new parents will take place at the stadium from Monday 27th April, set up by Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust.
In addition to postnatal and antenatal care by midwives, health visitors will also hold appointments for new parents and newborn hearing screening tests will take place at the fully equipped venue in Aston.
Deputy director of Midwifery, Louise Wilde, who is also a Villa fan, said: “I am really pleased that Aston Villa agreed to accommodate the Trust.
“I decided to approach our local football teams because they’re in a perfect position to help us deliver these clinics.
“There are no matches being played and geographically they are both in the right place for our patients.
“It also provides an alternative to a hospital setting which some of our women felt anxious about coming to.”
Guy Rippon, Head of Aston Villa Foundation, was proud that the club could support the health service during a time of need.
He said: “We are delighted to be able to help out our local NHS hospitals by opening up Villa Park as a temporary maternity clinic.
“During these uncertain times, our famous home will provide a safe environment for local expectant mothers and their midwives and nurses to be able to carry out their vital work.”
There will be a total of five clinics held from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm and they will be based in an area of the North Stand.
The Villa Park clinics will be staffed by 10 midwives, and two support workers, with two health visitors taking appointments.It will be for women who are 24 weeks onwards and there will be postnatal clinics for those who have been discharged.
It will be as safe as the services that are currently provided by the Trust’s midwives within the community, and in GP clinics. Should the need arise, they will be able to call on the ambulance service.