St Peter's Hospital, Chertsey

Ashford And St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Abbey Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

A birth centre is a more homely environment, where the focus is on birth without medical intervention.

a large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Pethidine or Meptid is only available following individual assessment.
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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
    • Complementary therapies offered as support: massage, aromatherapy.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Hypnobirthing trained midwives and classes; mood lighting.

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
    • Birth Centre has a double bed, postnatal ward partners can stay but no bed provided.
  • 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 6-24 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 3.

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

Women have continuity of care antenatally and postnatally with their named team midwife. As the community midwives work in the birth centre there is an opportunity for you to be looked after by them in labour if they are on shift

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
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    Who can give birth here?

    • This birth centre/midwife-led unit is the default option for low risk women at this hospital
    • 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
      • Aged between 17 and 50 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Any history of pregnancy complications is reviewed on an individual basis with a senior midwife and supervisor of midwives
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: all expectant mothers are welcome to use the Abbey Birth Centre
      • 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: support plans are made on an individual basis.
      • Hearing problems: support plans are made on an individual basis.
      • Sight problems: support plans are made on an individual basis.
      • Learning disabilities: support plans are made on an individual basis.
      • Autism spectrum: support plans are made on an individual basis.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 0193 272 3553. Visit the PALS office (on the left of the reception desk at the main entrance) or ask a member of your ward.
      • 'TheLanguageLine' is available 24/7 via the telephone and face-to-face interpreting services can be arranged if required. Access to information/leaflets in other languages online.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Specialist midwives are available for all women using Ashford St Peters Hospital maternity services

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Horrific induction experience

      I was coerced into agreeing to an induction shortly after my due date based on a consultation with a registrar who focused almost exclusively on explaining how I or my baby might die or suffer...

      by Anonymous, 12 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Improvement still needed

      This is the second baby I have had here. I decided to return after issues I had during my first birth were addressed and was assured they had made changes. This time I saw the same midwife for all...

      by Anonymous, 21 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Maternity services information evening, first Wednesday of each month, 6-7pm.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • The birth centre provides light meals and snacks; food can be ordered in.
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0193 272 3899
      • If in labour call: 0193 272 3761
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Small private outside garden for each room.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting - provided the mother is happy
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • 6-24 hours: £8. Up to one week: £20.
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