North Manchester General Hospital

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Bluebell Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

437

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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4

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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We are a forward thinking unit and wish to provide you with a wonderful journey into parenthood. Please ring us if you have any questions and a midwife will be happy to talk you through the process.

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
    • 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 antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Women are encouraged to mobilise in the hospital and/or grounds.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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 / 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 in a room with you in a double bed
  • 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 6-12 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 after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

The Birth Centre is staffed by core midwives and supported by community midwives where you will receive one-to-one care in established labour. The aim is to provide continuity to women antenatally and postnatally. Out of area women will be seen by their local midwife for antenatal and postnatal care.

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 of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 39 and lower
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: North Manchester, Bury, Salford, Manchester City 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: 1-1 assessment
      • Hearing problems: 1-1 sign support will be available
      • Sight problems: one-to-one assessment of need.
      • Learning disabilities: learning disability workers.
      • Autism spectrum: one-to-one assessment of need.
    • Interpreting service
      • This service is for women with language difficulties who require an Interpreter to communicate with staff. This service is also for deaf patients. The Ethnic Health Team can also translate documents upon request
      • n/a
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • HIV and Asylum Seekers

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • My labour experience

      I would like to thank every single member from midwives to doctors, after a very stressful few days in slow labour I was rushed in by ambulance and found to be 10cm dilated! Labour in total was...

      by Kaymeakss, 27 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Most midwives are a delight

      The Post Natal ward and Labour Ward treated me amazingly during labour and post pregnancy. Some midwives in the post natal department should remain upbeat and offer advice to new mums in a very...

      by Anonymous, 11 Jul 2018

      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

      8.7/10

      About the same 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
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't 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 machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Community Midwives: 0161 720 7021
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 016 1720 7021
      • If in labour call: 0161 625 8043
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Visiting not restricted
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £2
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