Leicester General Hospital

University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Meadows 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
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Dihydrocodeine, Diclofenac, Paracetamol
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
    • 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
    • You will be encouraged to go home if your labour is not established. There is an antenatal ward available if discharge home is not appropriate and will be discussed on an individual basis.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you use a doula or alternative practitioner, you will need to supply evidence of their role to the birth centre.
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Aromatherapy Service may be available later in 2018.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 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 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.

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


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
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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 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Leicester and Leicestershire.
      • 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: Health and safety and manual handling assessment prior to delivery. An individualised plan of care will be put in place.
      • Hearing problems: Emails, interpreter with signing and an individualised plan of care to ensure adequate communication.
      • Sight problems: Carers can stay with you in hospital.
      • Learning disabilities: Carers can stay with you in hospital. We have a mental health specialist midwifery service and an individualised care plan will be put in place.
      • Autism spectrum: Carers can stay with you in hospital. We have a mental health specialist midwifery service and an individualised care plan will be put in place.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the ward to arrange interpreting services - face to face or telephone services available.
      • Hospital telephone interpreter service. Some information leaflets are available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Health and well being. Blood borne infections.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity need improvements

      I went for my 14week scan today to check on my babies health not only was it 30minutes late even tho they say it’s on time then when having my photos dome she pushed down really hard on my...

      by Anonymous, 16 May 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Unplanned C-Section

      I came here for a normal delivery on a booked induction on a Monday. Same Monday I noted I had a flare up n so it’s not safe to have vaginal birth as it gets passed to LO while birth. ...

      by Gen, 10 May 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
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • WRVS shop
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via Community Midwife at local GP surgery or Children's centre.
      Your booking to the Birth Centre will be confirmed at 36 weeks and you will be given contact details.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0116 258 4834
      • If in labour call: 0116 258 4401
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Two birth partners can have open visiting.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Park in a bay outside the unit and when possible move the car to the designated car park
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • 1 hour: £1.50. 2 hours: £2.50. 3 hours: £3.00. 4 hours: £4.00. Up to 8 hours: £6.00. Up to 12 hours: £10.00. Daily rate £5.00 for prime carer or partner. Weekly rate-£15, monthly rate-£50.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 16
      • Reason for closure: We transfer activity to our neighbouring maternity unit if we have a staff shortage or there is a high volume of women admitted in labour.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Orchard Birth Centre
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