Burton's maternity ward is bucking the trend as it delivers great service to expectant mums all year round. It comes as claims were made that four out of 10 maternity wards across the country are turning patients away due to lack of beds and staff.
New data obtained by the Labour Party claims that hospitals in England temporarily closed their maternity wards to new admissions on 382 occasions last year, compared to 375 times in 2015 and 225 occasions in 2014, with capacity issues and staff shortages among the main causes.
The figures were uncovered through Freedom of Information requests to 136 hospital trusts with maternity units in England. It revealed that 42 out of the 96 trusts that responded to Labour's requests saying they had temporarily closed their doors on at least one occasion in 2016.
Although some units appear to be struggling to cope with demand, at Burton's Queen's Hospital it has been the opposite as it has not closed its maternity ward in the last decade.
Helen Hurst, director of midwifery at the hospital, said the facility has introduced a number of initiatives to make sure patients are given great care.
She said: "As a national leader in maternity services, we focus on providing safe and high quality care to meet the evolving needs of our women and their families.
"Our flexible approach to staffing means that we have been able to accommodate women who require our care, and we have a highly trained workforce that is dedicated to continuing excellence and recognised for their achievements.
"Innovations in maternity care at our trust, such as enhanced recovery for our women undergoing elective Caesarean sections, has meant that we also often care for our women in their own homes or community as they can be discharged in a timely fashion, which is of great importance when starting a new family, and this is supported by an experienced and expert community team.
"These community initiatives include open access for support with breastfeeding at our birth unit at Samuel Johnson Community Hospital in Lichfield. This is so important as we think about moving beyond the walls of our hospitals and offering local people ways to access great care in their community as well."
Nationally, there were a number of reasons behind the closures of the maternity units, with Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust having to close 30 times due to "insufficient midwifery staffing for workload".
The maternity unit at St Helen's and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust had to close for more than 30 hours on one occasion because of bed capacity and high activity and the unit at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust closed on two occasions in 2014 because the lift broke down and there were "no lifts in the maternity unit to transfer patients".
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: "It is staggering that almost half of maternity units in England had to close to new mothers at some point in 2016.
"The uncertainty for so many women just when they need the NHS most is unthinkable. Under this Government, maternity units are understaffed and under pressure.
"It is shameful that pregnant women are being turned away due to staff shortages, and shortages of beds and cots in maternity units."
Midwifery leaders called for action to tackle "significant pressures" on maternity services across England, which face a shortage of around 3,500 full-time midwives.
Sean O'Sullivan, head of health and social policy at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), said: "This latest research from the Labour Party comes as no surprise to the RCM and really further proves just how badly England's maternity services are struggling due to understaffing.
"The RCM respects and supports decisions made to close maternity units when failing to do this will compromise the safety of the service and the women and babies already being cared for.
"Nevertheless, if units are regularly and persistently having to close their doors it suggests there is an underlying problem around capacity and staffing levels that needs immediate attention."
A Department of Health spokesman said: "We want the NHS to be one of the safest places in the world to have a baby and patients should be reassured we continue to have enough midwives in the NHS.
"Temporary closures in NHS maternity units are well rehearsed safety measures which we expect trusts to use to safely manage peaks in admissions.
"To use these figures as an indication of safe staffing issues, particularly when a number of them could have been for a matter of hours, is misleading because maternity services are unable to plan the exact time and place of birth for all women in their care."