Calderdale Royal Hospital

Calderdale And Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

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Calderdale 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 can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 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
  • 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 on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 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. The named midwife is supported by a small team of midwives.

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
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 between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Calderdale, Kirklees, Bradford, Barnsley, Rochdale. You can refer yourself into the service by completing the form on the maternity website (see link above map). You will be contacted within 3 working days to make arrangements for booking.
      • 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: large rooms are available which adequately accommodate mobility equipment.
      • Hearing problems: some midwives are able to sign. There is also a loop system.
      • Sight problems: wherever possible a family member would be encouraged to stay.
      • Learning disabilities: there is also a specialist midwife who offers care to women with learning disabilities.
      • Autism spectrum: individual case review to assess needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting service available both face to face and by phone.
      • some information leaflets are available in a variety of languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Domestic abuse, Birth Choices and Debrief service

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • amazing staff and facilities

      was sent to Calderdale when our local hospital was full, I am so glad we were. From going into assessment twice then being transferred to labour ward; staff were professional, friendly and...

      by Anonymous, 23 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • My Birth Experience

      I had my baby at Calderdale Hospital last August and it had only occurred to me now I forgot to extend my gratitude to the staff. I started out in the birth centre for 7 hours, then moved up to...

      by Beyondthunder, 26 Apr 2019

      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
      • Telephone the maternity reception desk to book a tour. Alternatively, you can ring the ward you wish to look around to arrange a visit. Visits can be organised in the evenings and at weekends.
    • 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
      • Main hospital number: 0142 235 7171 or 0844 811 0101
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can self-refer to a community midwife or directly to the birth centre midwives
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 10 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0142 222 4417
      • If in labour call: 0142 222 4417
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • You and your partner and visitors can access a courtyard area
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting policy for all visitors
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • £2.80 for 2 hours £7 for all day.
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