Northampton General Hospital

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Barratt 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
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Massage, Reflexology
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 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
    • There is a postnatal ward of 8 beds 4 and ensuite rooms attached to this birth centre
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: En suite bathrooms, coloured lighting, Massage chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £70
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 4-6 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 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 be cared for antenatally by the same midwife and part of a small team. In labour another midwife will care for you. Postnatal care will be with the same antenatal midwife or a midwife from her team. If care is provided by the home birth team you may see the same midwife in labour and postnatally.

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?

    • 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 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Northamptonshire

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: individualised plans will be made with the expectant mother.
      • Hearing problems: hearing devices available on the wards. An individual plan will also be made.
      • Sight problems: individual support and a plan will be made early in their care.
      • Learning disabilities: learning disability passport and link nurse which can help identify your wishes during pregnancy to ease your time in hospital.
      • Autism spectrum: support from our team of midwives who work with vulnerable women in pregnancy and access to the Learning disability passport and link nurse. An individualised care plan will also be put in place.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'The Big word' telephone based interpretation service. Or email to request translation of services:
      • the option of a friend or family member to come in and support you is available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Birth After Caesarean Midwife clinics for women to discuss birth options. Birth After thoughts service for women to discuss their birth experience

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Giving Birth at NGH

      I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on the maternity ward at NGH as I feel not enough people leave good reviews and take NHS services for granted when everything goes well.. I gave birth to...

      by AZM, 11 Jul 2019

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    • My birth and antenatal care

      I'm so glad I chose to have my first child under the care of NGH, wish I could give more stars. I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia towards the end of my pregancy and was in and out of the...

      by Natabrig, 13 Feb 2019

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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


      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
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Provided by consultant obstetrician only.
    • 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
      • Kitchenette and fridges are available in all birthing rooms
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Speak to your community midwife who will refer you to the unit.
      Book directly from 36 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01604 545430
      • If in labour call: 0160 454 5434
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
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      • For women who are transferred to a postnatal bed located on the ward the visiting hours are: Partners and women's own children: 10am-10pm. Other visitors: 3.30-7.30pm Limit of 2 per woman.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements but 30 minute grace for bringing women into the labour ward.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 0-3 hours: £2.90 3-6 hours: £4.90 24hr ticket is £10; weekly pass is available for visitors £10 per week.
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