Medway Maritime Hospital, Gillingham

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Birth Place

Contact & visitor information

A birth centre is a more homely environment, where the focus is on birth without medical intervention.

a very large unit

841

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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5

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
Find out more about pain relief during labour

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of labour
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Women are supported in their choices and may stay if they feel unable to go home.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Free hypnobirthing taster sessions are offered at the birth centre once a month from 16 weeks.

After you've given birth

  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
    • There are 5 rooms and a 4-bed bay. The rooms have double beds and the bay all have reclining chairs for partners.
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-24hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can come back to the birth centre postnatally
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 1 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

You will be looked after by the midwifery team in your local area antenatally. In labour you will be cared for by the birth centre midwives. Your postnatal care will be given by these midwives and a support worker.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    Who can give birth here?

    • This birth centre/midwife-led unit is the default option for low risk women at this hospital
    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 40 and lower
      • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Medway and Swale.
      • You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: Mobility can be assessed on a case by case basis with the senior sister.
      • Hearing problems: Women with hearing problems are welcome to use the birth centre.
      • Sight problems: Women with sight problems are welcome to use the birth centre.
      • Learning disabilities: There is a Learning Disabilities Link Nurse contactable.
      • Autism spectrum: Women who are on the autistic spectrum can birth at the Birth Centre.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreter service available. Please state request on the online self-referral form.
      • Simple translation cards are available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • High Risk

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Patient Opinion
    • The Birth Place - Outstanding Care in a...

      Wow! I've just delivered my second baby here and I feel so very lucky to have been looked after by the wonderful team at the Birth Place. Despite staff shortages no compromises were made in the...

      by Anonymous, 19 Sep 2017

      Read on care opinion
    • My trip to medway a&e with my pregnant daughter...

      My daughter became unwell and her partner called 111 who advised to call 999..from ambulance crew to A&E staff then maternity delivery suite we received polite,efficient,prompt ,courteous and...

      by Anonymous, 16 Sep 2017

      Read on care opinion
    Source: CQC

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

    Scores are for the NHS Trust that this hospital is part of.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Contact the Birth Place
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Stage 1 accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Local fast-food amenities.
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Number supplied from GP
      Via your GP
      • If in labour call: 01634 825199
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting policy 24/7
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • 0-2 hours: £2.00.
        2-3 hours: £3.00.
        3-4 hours: £4.00.
        4-5 hours: £5.00.
        5-24 hours: £8.00.
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