Ipswich Hospital

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Brook 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
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
    • Women will be advised to remain active and mobile. Mild painkillers and light refreshments are available.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This tends to be negotiable and flexible according to individual need.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 0

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: Bluetooth speakers/mood lights are available.

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
    • 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 4 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.

You will book your care with the community midwife allocated to your GP surgery. You may meet other midwives from the same team in both the antenatal and postnatal periods if your named midwife is unavailable. You will receive care in labour from a hospital midwife on Brook.

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?

    • 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 30.0
      • Aged between 16 and 39 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Suffolk
      • 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: Disabled toilets and shower, ensuite rooms and wet room. Carer able to stay if required.
      • Hearing problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: Referral to specialist learning disability services within Trust. Carer able to stay for support.
      • Autism spectrum: Midwives will work with you and your existing supporters and carers to organise a suitable plan for your care.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheLanguageLine' service or interpreters are available.
      • We provide some information in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women
      • Consultant Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Deben Ward

      Recently gave birth to my 2nd child on Deben Ward and just wanted to leave some positive feedback for all the staff from Deben Ward that were responsible for our care. It was an induced labour and...

      by Anonymous, 24 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


      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
      • Tours on Saturdays at 3pm. Booking is essential. Call maternity reception on 01473 703108
      • Take a virtual tour
    • 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
      • Local shops within walking distance. Food ordering service via a downloadable app.
      • Vending machine
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via community midwife - accessed through GP surgery
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01473 703021 or 01473 703022
      • If in labour call: 01473 703021
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • You can walk around the hospital grounds.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partner or named person: 9am-9pm. Up to 3 visitors are welcome: 3-7 pm. Siblings are welcome but no other children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There are free 30 minute car park drop off zones. Once you have been dropped off, the nearest car park to the ward is car park G.
      • Drop off outside entrance only.
    • Parking
      • Up to 2 hours: £2. Up to 3 hours: £3. Up to 4 Hours: £4. Over 4 hours and up to 24 hours: £7. Long stay: speak to Reception. 3 days: £4. 7 days: £7.
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