Musgrove Park Hospital

Taunton And Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Bracken 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

504

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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3

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
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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 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
    • 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

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 have a named midwife. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 17 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Somerset, South Somerset, Devon
      • 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: There is level access to all areas of the hospital. Wheelchairs available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
      • Hearing problems: Hearing loops are installed at all main reception areas.
      • Sight problems: your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Autism spectrum: your needs will be individually assessed.
    • Interpreting service
      • We use Word 360.
      • We provide an interpretation service.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Smoking cessation

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Wonderful care

      Outstanding care and compassion with great bedside manner while I was in fern ward being checked over. The care provided by the Registrar called Cameron was wonderful. Thank you.

      by Snj, 23 Mar 2018

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    • Excellent maternity care

      Had an unexpected 2 week stay on Fern Ward due to last minute complications with my pregnancy. All of the staff on Fern (antenatal) and Willow (postnatal) as well as the team that performed my...

      by ec4681, 03 Mar 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

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Care provided by Private Midwives (a division of UK Birth Centres).
    • 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
      Via your Community Midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01823 342058
      • If in labour call: 01823 342058
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners: 9am-10pm. Other visitors: 10am-9pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only.
    • Parking
      • £2.60 for 2 hours. £9.60 for 24 hours. May change at short notice.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 3
      • Reason for closure: for the duration of the night due to staffing concerns.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Mary Stanley Midwifery Unit
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