Warrington Hospital

Warrington And Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Midwife Led Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

274

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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3

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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There are plans to relocate this alongside birth centre later in the year, as well as plans to develop a freestanding birth centre.

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Aromatherapy
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
    • Complementary therapies may be administered in the latent phase of labour, and if appropriate women can use the remaining oils at home
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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: 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 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.

All women are allocated a named midwife. Midwives work within small teams, and we aim for you to meet midwives in your team thorughout pregnancy and the postnatal period. If you choose to give birth at home or in the birth centre, you may meet one of your team members if they are on duty. If you live outside of Warrington, you will receive antenatal and postanatal care by your local midwife, and you will meet some of the birth centre staff and other members of the team (if required) during your pregnancy at the hospital.

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:
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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 None - if growth scans normal throgh pregnancy and 35.0
      • Aged between No lower limit and 39 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 (T+14) weeks pregnant
      • If women have risk factors and wish to birth at home or in the birth centre, an individual plan will be developed with the woman, the consultant midwife and obstetricians.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Warrington, Halton and surrounding areas. We also provide intrapartum care for women outside the area.
      • 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: Individualised plans of care developed collaboratively with the woman, midwifery and obstetric teams.
      • Hearing problems: Individual plans of care will be developed with the multidisciplinary team.
      • Sight problems: Individual plans of care will be developed with the multidisciplinary team.
      • Learning disabilities: Individual plans of care developed with the multidisciplinary team.
      • Autism spectrum: Individual plans of care will be developed with the multidisciplinary team.
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone interpretation service available.
      • Individual plans of care; accessing relevant written information in first language where required.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Consultant Midwife Clinic, Smoking cessation, Midwife sonographer, Aromatherapy service, Acupuncture service .

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • My Birth

      I had my first baby , a boy, in September and i had disjointed antenatal care, never seeing my named midwife, but i felt well informed by those i did see. i felt well supported, safe and cared for...

      by Whiterose, 02 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Excellent care received from deceivers suite...

      A huge Thankyou to the staff who cared for me at 34 week’s pregnant on the delivery suite and C23. I was admitted by ambulance with excruciating abdominal pains. I was dealt with immediately and...

      by Anonymous, 31 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

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.1/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.2/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Via community midwives
    • 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
      • Cafe
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Yes
      Community midwifery booking line: 01925 662092
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01925 662092
      • If in labour call: 01925 662334
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting remains the same, individual needs are assessed.
      • Open visiting.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £3 for 5 hours; £5 for 24-hour period.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: for between 4-24 hours, once due to a large number of high risk women in the labour ward, and once due to staff shortages.
      • 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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