Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Chesterfield Birth Centre (midwife-led)

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit

1000

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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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
    • 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
    • Parents' Room, Birth Centre garden
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 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 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.

Named midwife for antenatal and postnatal community 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:
    What is your situation?

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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)
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: North Derbyshire
      • 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 access
      • Hearing problems: Minicom
      • Sight problems: For information in an another language or large print, contact Communications on 01246 513876
      • Learning disabilities: You will receive an individualised care plan
      • Autism spectrum: you will have an individualised care plan.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the Patient and Public Involvement department on Tel: 01246 513735
      • Language Line
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity consultation

      I had recent appointment in maternity unit with the consultant after hospitalisation in other country with my pregnancy. I felt like doctor wasn’t really helpful with all my questions and things i...

      by Anonymous, 17 Nov 2018

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    • Exceptional care and service!

      This is my second time giving birth at Chesterfield Royal. I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all the staff in the Birth Centre and on Trinity ward. All the staff were extremely...

      by Anonymous, 28 Apr 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

      9.3/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      9.1/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.9/10

      Better 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 for snacks, microwave for frozen hot meals
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01246 512498 / 512499
      • If in labour call: 01246 200666
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Birth Centre garden
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • 24 hours
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Short stay parking outside Birth Centre entrance.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • First 30 mins free - up to £4.80.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: 5 hours due to lack of space on the labour ward
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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