Petersfield Community Hospital

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Grange Maternity Centre

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 very small unit

50

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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3

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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Assessed on individual basis as not a regular practice
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-6 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can't 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

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

You will have a named midwife.
If you live out of the hospital catchment area you can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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
    • Straightforward previous pregnancies
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI between 18 and 35.0
    • Age of 40 and lower
    • 37 and 41+9 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 5 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Portsmouth City, East Hampshire, Fareham and Gosport.
    • 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: You will have your needs individually assessed. There is lift access to the unit.
    • Hearing problems: Sign language experts can be employed to translate information.
    • Sight problems: You will have your needs individually assessed.
    • Learning disabilities: Link with Learning disabilities team.
    • Autism spectrum: Assessed on an individual basis.
  • Interpreting service
    • D.A Laguages Limited translation service and face to face translators.
    • Leaflets available in other languages.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Vaginal Birth after Caesarean Section

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

    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

    8.0/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
    • Via community midwife
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01730 262415
    • If in labour call: 03001 239001
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Partners: 9am-9pm.
      Other visitors: 2-7pm.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Other than the drop-off zone, there is no concessionary parking as it is controlled by an outside company.
    • drop off outside entrance
  • Parking
    • External car parking team manage parking costs.
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