Wantage Community Hospital

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Wantage 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 very small unit

60

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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • We offer labour assessments at home for low risk women who have been assessed as suitable at 36/40 weeks.
  • 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
    • 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: New AVE birthing bed which can help women by enabling them to adopt the positions they find most comfortable in labour.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners are welcome to stay until the woman is discharged home, usually 4-6 hours post birth.
  • 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 4-6 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. You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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 40.0
    • 16 and 39 years old
    • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Vale of White Horse, including Abingdon, Faringdon, Wantage and surrounding villages.
    • 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: lifts are available to access the unit, home visits when needed. Individual plans of care will be arranged.
    • Hearing problems: individual plans of care are arranged.
    • Sight problems: information leaflets are available in easy read and large print. Individual plans of care can are arranged.
    • Learning disabilities: individual plans of care are arranged.
    • Autism spectrum: individual plans of care are arranged.
  • Interpreting service
    • Translation service provided by the NHS - call 0186 522 1473 / 0186 574 0868 for more information.
    • use of telephone interpreting service 'TheLanguageLine'.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Teenage maternity support worker.

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

    9.1/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff

    8.9/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    7.5/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
    • Tours are usually held at the weekend, but can usually be accommodated following an antenatal appointment held at the unit.
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • There is a 24 hour shop close by.
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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: 0186 590 4832
    • If in labour call: 0186 590 4832
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Gardens in the hospital grounds.
  • Visiting information
    • Open visiting hours.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Free parking on site
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Parking
    • 30 minutes: Free
      Maximum £4 if over 3.5 hours
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