Aberdeen Maternity Hospital

Grampian

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Alongside Maternity Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

404

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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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
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
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 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
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
  • 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 3 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.

You will be looked after by a small team of midwives with over 85% of women seeing the same midwife for antenatal care. During labour you will be cared for by a midwife you may not have met. They will provide continuity during their 12 hour shift. Postnatal Care will be provided at home with 57% seeing the same midwife each time.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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.
    • Can be Group B Strep positive
    • Straightforward pregnancy
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 weeks and No upper limit weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 5 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Grampian Region, North East Scotland
    • 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: each women's individual circumstance will be assessed and assistance provided.
    • Hearing problems: BSL interpreters and personal loop systems can be arranged. <br> Minicom operators available on 0122 455 0702. Email grampian.resources@nhs.net for information leaflets in special formats.
    • Sight problems: each women's individual circumstance will be assessed and assistance provided.
    • Learning disabilities: each women's individual circumstance will be assessed and assistance provided.
    • Autism spectrum: each women's individual circumstance will be assessed and assistance provided.
  • Interpreting service
    • Telephone interpretation service available. Please advise staff if you require this service.
    • women can bring a translator to accompany them.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Vulnerable women

General information

  • Tours
  • 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
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    • Booking phone number: 0122 455 2777
    • If in labour call: 01224 55 2777
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • individual wishes will be taken into account.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Parking
    • No charge
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