Royal Derby Hospital

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Derby 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 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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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 delivery suite/birthing room
    • TENS machine for coping with pain and medication available. You will also be supported to be active and mobile.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Heat packs. Hypnobirthing supported

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Amenity room are available on the postnatal ward but not on Birth centre itself. Call for pricing information on 01332 785200.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 6-12 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

You will have a named midwife. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

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 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+5 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • If you are not eligible to give birth in the birth centre you will have the option to discuss your birth choices with a Supervisor of Midwives and Obstetrician.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Southern Derbyshire and Derby City.
      • 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: the maternity service is able to provide facilities for disabled women.
      • Hearing problems: intercom system specifically for deaf women and partners.
      • Sight problems: individualised care plan tailored to your needs.
      • Learning disabilities: a care plan with identified needs will be devised in partnership with the Trust's Named Learning Disability Specialist Nurse.
      • Autism spectrum: individualised care plan tailored to your needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Women have access to an interpreting service 24 hours a day.
      • some translated information leaflets and cards are available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • Fetal medicine Neonatal screening (NIPE) Scanning

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Very happy with care received on labour ward

      I recently gave birth around 6 weeks ago at the royal derby hospital. I just want to say that the care I received once I got taken to the labour room was outstanding. we had a lovely midwife. She...

      by Anonymous, 04 Sep 2019

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    • labour ward

      I gave birth to my 3rd baby boy!! And I just can’t praise the two ladies who looked after me enough. It was by far the best birth because of the care I received!

      by Anonymous, 15 Aug 2019

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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
    • 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
      • Costa Coffee
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Contact your local midwife
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01332 785469
      • If in labour call: 01332785796
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds with seating.
    • Visiting information
      • Private rooms follow the ward policy, allowing other visitors at set hours. Partners do have flexible overnight support facilities
      • Only birthing partners able to visit the Birth Centre. General visiting allowed if transferred to the postnatal ward. Please note that the majority of ladies opt for an early discharge home.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • First 30 mins free. Up to 1 hour: £2.40. Up to 2 hours £3.20. Up to 3 hours £4.10. Up to 4 hours £4.70. Up to 5 hours £5.20. Up to 6 hours £6.20. Over 6 hours £9.00. Weekly tickets are £10.00 and monthly are tickets £25.00.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: Total unit closure for 9 hours due to capacity challenges
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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