Maidstone Hospital

Maidstone And Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Maidstone Birth 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 large unit

500

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
  • Other: Acupuncture
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
    • This is flexible, depending on your needs.
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This is flexible depending on your needs
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Some midwives trained in aromatherapy and reflexology.

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 in a double bed
  • 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 4-24 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 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

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.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • 18 and 40 years old
      • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs.
      • 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: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Hearing problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed.
    • Interpreting service
      • Ask your Community Midwife for this service. Otherwise contact Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01622 224960 or mtw-tr.palsmaid@nhs.net
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • 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

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Telephone the centre to organise a tour. We do individual tours however we encourage women to attend the weekly tour and information evening.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • No information
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Kitchen and dining room to make drinks and snacks.
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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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: 01622 220161
      • If in labour call: 01622 220161
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Small garden
    • Visiting information
      • Very open visiting policy. Homely feel. Birth partners allowed to stay.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Visitors for women at the Birth Centre can park free at the Birth Centre. We have a car park specifically for Birth Centre women.
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