Birth centre (freestanding)

Barking Birth Centre

at Barking Community Hospital

Part of Barts Health NHS Trust

About this unit

Book directly from 11 weeks of pregnancy

Open 24 hours every day of the year

Closed 0 times in the last 12 months for 12 hours due to low staffing levels at Newham University Hospital

If you need medical help during labour you'll be transferred to The Central Delivery Suite at Newham University Hospital and The Midwife Led Unit at Newham University Hospital

How will I be looked after?

You'll see up to 5 different midwives for antenatal appointments and up to 3 different midwives for postnatal appointments.
You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth and after your baby is born.

Although the aim to provide continuity of care, this cannot be guaranteed. If you live outside the catchment area, you will be seen at 36 weeks and then either be seen at the birth centre or you may opt to go back for your remaining appointments at your original trust.

Births per midwife per year

No details available.

Who can give birth here?

  • Women who live within the catchment area:
    Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Basildon
  • Women who are between 37 and 42 weeks along
  • Women older than 16
  • No complications in a previous pregnancy
  • No complications in this pregnancy
  • Can be Group B Strep positive
  • BMI between 18.0 and 35.0
  • Baby must be head down
  • Women having only a single baby in this pregnancy
  • Women with a maximum of 4 previous babies.
  • Not anaemic
  • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit these criteria. Contact them for details.
  • You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

Contact information

Phone:
020 3644 2450
Website:
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Address:
Upney Lane, Barking, IG11 9LX
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Public transport information

How to book once you're pregnant

Booking phone number:
020 8090 9999

Via your GP

Self referral by phone or attending birth centre

If in labour call:
Available on request

Facilities

  • 4 birthing rooms
  • 2 birth pool(s)
    • 2 Plumbed-in birth pools
    • 0 Inflatable birth pools
  • You can't bring in your own birth pool
  • Car parking for women in labour Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Out-of-hours access to food Not available. If you're here during the night, make sure to bring your own snacks and refreshments
  • Facilities available if you arrive in early 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 delivery suite/birthing room
  • Communal area or living room Lounge type area that overlooks and gives access to a garden
  • Outside space available to women in labour The garden attached to the family lounge described above

Transfer Details

83% give birth without transfer to the labour ward (2012/13)

If you need medical help during labour you'll be transferred to The Central Delivery Suite at Newham University Hospital and The Midwife Led Unit at Newham University Hospital

Approximately 30 minute(s) transfer time

6.0 miles away

Support during birth

You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

You can have a doula as a birth partner
A doula counts towards the limited number of birth partners.

You can have an alternative practitioner (e.g. your own aromatherapist) as a birth partner.
An alternative practitioner (e.g. your own aromatherapist) counts towards the limited number of birth partners.

The limit depends on the individual circumstances.

Tours of the maternity unit

Wednesdays at 6pm, Sundays at 11am - either book during midwife appointment or call reception to book.

Amenity (private) rooms

Amenity rooms are not available.

Non-NHS Care

Private care isn't provided here. There may be the option to book private or independent midwifery care locally.

Birth equipment

  1. Aromatherapy servicenot available
  2. Bean bagsavailable
  3. Birth ballsavailable
  4. Birth matsavailable
  5. Birthing couchnot available
  6. CD playernot available
  7. Cushionsnot available
  1. Dimmable lightingavailable
  2. iPod dockavailable
  3. Reclining chairnot available
  4. Rocking chairnot available
  5. Supporting rope or slingavailable
  6. TENS machinenot available
  7. Other: Birthing stools

Coping with pain

  1. Birthing poolavailable
  2. Diamorphinenot available
  3. Entonox (gas and air)available
  4. Meptidnot available
  1. Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)not available
  2. Pethidineavailable
  3. Remifentanilnot available

Your stay after you've given birth

  • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6-24 hours after the birth
  • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
  • You will not be able to return here after you've your baby, if you transferred to the labour ward for the birth
  • Provision for partners staying overnight:

    in a room with you, in a double bed

Information for visitors

After 8.30 am until 10pm. Children of birthing women only, no other people's children, only a few in the room at one time.

Directions, car parking and public transport

Parking costs
Nil (car registration number needs to be supplied to midwife at time of arrival)

Public transport information

Breastfeeding rate

No details available.

Baby-friendly status

No award

Find out more about Baby Friendly

Home births from this unit (Values based on small numbers have been adjusted for reasons of confidentiality)

How many women had a home birth?
13%
How many women planning their second or later baby at home have to transfer to hospital in labour?
0%
How many women having a home birth had a water birth?
0%

Reliability of home birth service

This service hasn't been suspended in the last 12 months
Homebirth midwife called to the unit to provide support due to staffing issues.

How often are women who are booked for a home birth required to come into hospital due to a lack of available staff:
Once

Who can arrange a home birth with this unit?

Women who live within the catchment area:

IG11, parts of RM9.

How to arrange a home birth with this unit

Discuss with your midwife

Coping with pain

You can't have pethidine or other opioids at home if you arrange a home birth with this hospital

Note: epidurals are not available for home births

Assistance for women with limited mobility

  1. Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite

The unit is on the ground floor with some doors that can open automatically

Interpreting service

Health Advocates can visit the centre or there is use of the telephone LanguageLine service.

Other assistance for women who don't speak or read English

Health Advocates can visit the centre or there is use of the telephone LanguageLine service

Hearing problems

No details available.

Sight problems

No details available.

Learning difficulties

No details available.

Autism spectrum

No details available.

Specialist midwifery teams

The Maternity Mates project provides voluntary non-clinical support to women who do not have a suitable support network or have specific needs or health issues. This is in addition to the services offered by the unit:

  1. Diabetes
  1. Vulnerable women/safeguarding

How do women give birth here? Cobrand data supplier

Statistics are based on data from all women in labour using this birth centre/midwife-led unit (mostly low risk)

This hospital

17%
83%
  • Transferred to labour ward during labour
  • Gave birth in the birth centre

This hospital

31%
69%
  • Transferred to labour ward during labour
  • Gave birth in the birth centre

This hospital

5%
95%
  • Transferred to labour ward during labour
  • Gave birth in the birth centre

This hospital

88%
12%
  • No cut or tear
  • Cut or tear

This hospital

28%
72%
  • Gave birth in water
  • Didn't give birth in water

This hospital

38%
62%
  • Women having their first baby
  • Women having their second or a subsequent baby

Women's experiences

Please note that the scores and reviews aren't necessarily about this specific unit, but can apply to the hospital or Trust it is part of.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015 Source

Scores are for Trusts as a whole.

Labour and birth

8.1/10 Worse compared with other trusts

Staff

7.6/10 Worse compared with other trusts

Care in hospital after birth

6.9/10 Worse compared with other trusts