Homerton University Hospital

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Homerton 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

900

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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4

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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 be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 4 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you plan to use a qualified alternative practitioner you should liaise with the midwife to check that the planned treatment is safe in labour.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £70
  • 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 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 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 2 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 be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal 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.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 19 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • Spontaneous pregnancies (IVF or egg donation pregnancies are not eligible)
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: City of London, Hackney and lower segment of Waltham Forest.
      • 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: there is an accessible birth room.
      • Hearing problems: Signing services are available.
      • Sight problems: Information leaflets can be adapted.
      • Learning disabilities: Information leaflets can be adapted.
      • Autism spectrum: Information leaflets can be adapted.
    • Interpreting service
      • Bilingual Medical Social Workers, advocacy service, telephone and face to face interpreting.
      • information leaflets can be adapted as requested.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • HIV Hepatitis B Haemoglobinopathies Smoking cessation

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Had my first baby at this hospital

      I had my first baby at this hospital back in July. I attended all the antenatal classes here, which were great. Everything from the scans, blood tests etc were fantastic. I was absolutely petrified...

      by Anonymous, 11 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Excellent care

      I was seen at the Women's Health Centre over a period of two weeks to confirm a missed miscarriage at 10 weeks. It was never going to be a happy experience, as the news i received wasn't happy...

      by Anonymous, 19 Jul 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

      8.3/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine in canteen and partners can use kitchen on the birth centre
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via midwife clinic
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 8510 5955
      • If in labour call: 020 8510 7351 or 020 8510 7352
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • No designated outside space for women in labour.
    • Visiting information
      • 2 visitors per patient
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance. There is limited free parking in the hospital and pay and display parking in the nearby roads.
    • Parking
      • Free for 1 hour (can only park for one hour otherwise local street parking (pay and display)).
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: once due to staff shortages
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