St Richard's Hospital, Chichester

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Chichester Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium 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
    • 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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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: 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: Wave mattress, mood lighting

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • On the postnatal ward - £200 per night/£150 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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't 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 2.

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 teams of midwives for your antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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 40.0
    • Aged between 16 and 45 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 6 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Chichester and surrounding areas.
    • 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: An individual care plan will be created for you.
    • Hearing problems: Interpreting service available.
    • Sight problems: An individual care plan will be created for you.
    • Learning disabilities: The Trust have a learning and disability team who are able to offer support when needed.
    • Autism spectrum: The Trust have a learning and disability team who are able to offer support when needed.
  • Interpreting service
    • Pearl Linguistics Translation service can be contacted at anytime by the midwives.
    • An individual care plan will be created for you.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Weight management

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Nursing staff are brilliant, consultant not so...

    The reception and nursing staff are so lovely and pick up when you are not feeling at ease. They really are lovely. The consultants are another story though. I have not been able to see the same...

    by Anonymous, 23 Oct 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Amazing care

    I had my son at st richards on the 25th June and couldn't have asked for anything better. I was induced and there were a few issues but everyone working there were amazing so kind, caring and...

    by Anonymous, 05 Jul 2018

    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.
  • 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
    • Tea and toast is always available for you and your partner.
    • Vending machine
    • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Other agencies including sexual health and women who have had babies before will contact their previous named midwife.
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 9 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01903 285269
    • If in labour call: 01903 285269
    Book online
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • They can have numerous guests at any time, not in a bay, private bathroom
    • Open visiting for birth partners.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
  • Parking
    • £10 permit can be purchased which can be used throughout pregnancy through to the postnatal period.
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