Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 16 Aug 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 large unit

602

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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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
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
    • 2 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 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 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 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 4.

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.

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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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 15 and above
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: North Wales

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: Assessed on an individual basis.
      • Hearing problems: Assessed on an individual basis.
      • Sight problems: Assessed on an individual basis.
      • Learning disabilities: Assessed on an individual basis.
      • Autism spectrum: Assessed on an individual basis.
    • Interpreting service
      • Language Line is available for all women who require translation service.
      • Assessed on an individual basis.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    General information

    • Tours
      • open access to the unit every Sunday at 3pm. Community midwives can also take patients on a 1-1 tour if requested.
    • 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
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
      • Main hospital number: 01248 384384
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      via community midwife if attached to hub clinic.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01248 363 519
      • If in labour call: 01248 363519 / 01248 363520
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: 8am - 8pm. General visiting: 1:30-2:20pm and 6:30-7:30pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • Free
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