Leicester Royal Infirmary

University Hospitals Of Leicester NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Orchard 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
  • 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: Paracetamol, Dihydrocodeine, Diclofenac
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
    • There is a seated waiting area.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 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: 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
  • 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 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 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


* 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 created.
      • Hearing problems: a signing interpreter can be provided. Individualised care plans informing staff and women what adjustments are required to enable successful communication.
      • Sight problems: you will have a pre-birth assessment. Carers can stay with you in the hospital.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have a pre-birth assessment. Carers can stay with you in the hospital. We have specialist mental health and vulnerable persons midwives that offer antenatal and postnatal support.
      • Autism spectrum: carers can stay with you in the hospital. We have specialist mental health and vulnerable persons midwives that offer antenatal and postnatal support.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the ward to arrange interpreting services. We use telephone interpreting services or face to face.
      • hospital telephone interpreter service.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Health and Wellbeing, blood borne infection

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Antenatal Clinic

      Have been attending the antenatal clinic for scans and other appointments. Each time i have arrived before my appointment time and each time ive had to wait half an hour plus to actually get seen....

      by Anonymous, 05 Jun 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Excellent care during the delivery of my baby

      Firstly the birthing suite was clean and comfortable, the staff were friendly, knowledgable, I felt the care was personal and I was treated as an individual. My birth had a few complications which...

      by Anonymous, 15 May 2019

      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


      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
      At local GP surgeries or Children's Centre
      Your booking at the birth centre will be confirmed at 36 weeks if you are eligible to give birth here.
      • Booking phone number: 0116 258 4834
      • If in labour call: 0116 258 6113
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Visiting is restricted to birth partners. There is no limit to the time they can stay whilst you remain on the Birth Centre.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Park in a bay outside the unit and when possible move the car to the designated car park. You can obtain a pass from staff to pay reduced all day rate.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Free disabled parking £1.50 - 1 hour £2.50 - 2 hours £3.00 - 3 hours £4.00 - 4 hours £6.00 - Up to 8 hours £10.00 - Up to 12 hours £12.00 - 24 hours 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: 25
      • Reason for closure: Due to high work loads we transfer activity to our neighbouring hospital.
      • 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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