Barnet Hospital

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Barnet Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit

952

births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015

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5

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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
    • All women in labour are assessed by the Triage midwife and an individualised care pathway is made
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • You will be encouraged to have more than one birth supporter.
      • 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
    • Rocking chair
    • Other: Birth stools

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are available.
      • Range from £100 - £150 per night depending on facilities
    • Provision for partners staying overnight
      • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
      • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
      • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
      • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
      • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
    • 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 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

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

    Although not guaranteed, continuity of care is provided wherever possible. You will receive antenatal, labour and postnatal care from on-call community midwives if you choose home birth or birth in the birth centre.

    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?

      • 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
        • Straightforward previous pregnancies
        • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
        • BMI between 18 and 39.0
        • Aged between 18 and 40 years old
        • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
        • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • Catchment area
        • Women who live within the catchment area: Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire
        • 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: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
        • Hearing problems: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
        • Sight problems: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
        • Learning disabilities: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
        • Autism spectrum: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Interpreting service
        • An interpreter can attend your outpatient appointment with you or while you are staying at the hospital. If you need to access the interpreting service contact the Appointments office on the telephone number given in your appointment letter, the relevant department or ward or ask one of the nurses on the ward to arrange this for you.
        • You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Bereavement
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Substance misuse
        • Teenage pregnancy
        • Vulnerable women
        • Complex Social Care Team(any women with complex care needs are referred to and supported throughout their pregnancy and perinatal care pathway by the Specialist midwives and support workers in this team)

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • One of the Best Hospitals in the UK for preggies!

        My little girl Nora going to be one year end of this month and I make it an opportunity to remember and give thanks to all who helped us on tje 24th November 2017 at Barnet hospital. Mdu unit- all...

        by Anonymous, 15 Nov 2018

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      • Thanks

        Thanks to everyone who was next to me( maternity day unit). Great stuff

        by Anonymous, 12 Nov 2018

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      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

        8.3/10

        Worse compared with other trusts

      • Staff

        8.4/10

        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
        • Contact the parenthood Education Team on 020 8216 5141
      • Non-NHS Care
        • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Neonatal care
        • Local neonatal unit (LNU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area, except for those who are critically ill and need intensive care.
      • Food for partners out-of-hours
        • Vending machines
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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: 020 8216 4495 or 020 8216 4408
        • If in labour call: 020 8216 4608
      • Outside space
        • There is no outside space available for women in labour
      • Visiting information
        • Open visiting
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • Pick-up and drop-off points on the hospital site
        • drop off outside entrance
      • Parking
        • £4 per day
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