Eastbourne District General Hospital

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Eastbourne Midwifery Led Unit

Contact & visitor information

Freestanding birth centres are not on the same site as a hospital, so your care is led by midwives. If you need the assistance of a doctor you’ll be transferred to a labour ward at a hospital.

a medium unit

260

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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2

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit

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 are welcome to stay in a single room whilst labour establishes - this is not a dedicated area.
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 12-24 hours 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Antenatal and postnatal care is given by community midwives working in teams of 3 or 4. Community midwives may also work in the midwifery-led unit they can be from another team.

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?

    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • 16 and 40 years old
      • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Sussex, but any woman from elsewhere may use the midwifery led unit.
      • 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: individual care planning.
      • Hearing problems: signing interpreter. Care plan and additional support form so all midwives are aware of your needs and ensure that your experience is what you hope it will be.
      • Sight problems: care plan and additional support form so all midwives are aware of your needs and ensure that your experience is what you hope it will be.
      • Learning disabilities: a plan can be put in place during pregnancy to make sure your needs are met &that you have postnatal support.
      • Autism spectrum: a plan can be put in place during pregnancy to make sure your needs are met & that you have postnatal support.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are booked via the PALS department. Your midwife will fill in an additional support information form. Interpreters will be organised for the antenatal appointment and during labour (This Trust does not use your friends or family members as interpreters.)
      • interpreters will be organised for the antenatal appointment and during labour. (This Trust does not use your friends or family members as interpreters).
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.2/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Booking directly with the unit or via community midwife
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Small kitchen so snacks can be made if brought in.
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      All local clinics where midwife runs the clinic.
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0132 341 7400 ext. 4109
      • If in labour call: 0132 341 4911
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Access is good via the front entrance of the hospital. There are drop-off car parking spaces at the main entrance. You can then move your car to park beside the unit.
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Up to 30 minutes free
        30 minutes up to 1 hour: £1.50
        1-2 hours: £2.80
        2-3 hours: £4.20
        3-4 hours: £5.60
        4-5 hours: £6.90
        5-6 hours: £8.30
        6-12 hours: £9.60
        12-24 hours: £14.90
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