Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Broadlands 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


births from Apr 2013 to Apr 2014



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
  • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birthing stool

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
    • Partners can stay in the postnatal area if they are bereaved or their baby is unwell. This is either in reclining chairs or an additional bed
  • 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 2.

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

Women being cared for by caseloading midwives are likely to see the same midwife antenatally, in labour and postnatally. Women being cared for by integrated team midwives are less likely to.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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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 no limit and 35.0
      • 37 and 41+12 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Southampton and south-west Hampshire
      • 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: Wheelchair access and wet rooms
      • Hearing problems: Trust Communication Handbook issued in 2008 is present in all clinic and ward areas, and aids communication using pictures and single words. BSL interpreter may need to be booked some time in advance, and may not be available for labour care.
      • Sight problems: Maternity information is available in a range of formats. Library resources will be improved to include key documents in large print, audiotape, DVD with subtitles or signing, and Braille. Large print items should be at least 16 point font and copied onto yellow paper to improve contrast.
      • Learning disabilities: Special nurses available for patients with learning disabilities. Contact by phoning 023 8077 7222 (extension 5367).
    • Interpreting service
      • Call In-House Interpreter; Voluntary Services (SUHT) 8079 4688
      • Maternity information is available in a range of formats
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Healthy weight

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Fantastic place to give birth

      I chose PAH to have my baby and I am so glad I did. At 37 weeks I was advised to have an elective c section at 39 weeks as my baby was measuring big- and she was! 9lb 14oz at birth! The Consultant...

      by Anonymous, 01 Dec 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    • A massive thank you to all the staff

      I gave birth to my beautiful daughter after being induced, a long labour which unfortunately ended in C section. Every member of staff was so professional and lovely from the labour ward and up on...

      by Anonymous, 29 Sep 2017

      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


      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 isn't available here.
    • 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
      • In the vending area.
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You will be given information and support about choosing your birth place options. You will be encouraged to plan birth in a birth centre or at home, unless you are likely to need obstetric care on the labour ward during the birth.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 023 8120 6012
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • 2.30-4pm or 7-8.30pm. 9am-9pm for partners. No children under 3 other than sibling.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour: £2, Up to 2 hours: £3.50; Up to 3 hours: £4.20; Up to 4 hours: £5.20; Up to hours: £6.20; Up to 6 hours: £7 The maximum charge for patients and visitors is £7 for one visit in any 24 hour period.
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