The Rosie Hospital

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Rosie 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 2016 to Apr 2017



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
  • Other: Sterile water injections are planned but not available at present.
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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • If in early labour and well you will be encouraged to go home. If you stay in the unit, food and drink are available and you will be encouraged to remain active.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 Birthing room(s)
    • 10 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 10 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
  • 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 6-12 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can 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 5 and for postnatal appointments it's 5.

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 a small team of midwives for antenatal and postnatal care. During labour you will have one to one care from a midwife on the birth Centre.

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
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 no lower limit and 35.0
      • Aged between no lower limit and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
      • Maternal age upper limit - 40 for first time mothers and 45 for further pregnancies. BMI - upper limit >35 allowed if agreed by Obstetrician
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Women from any 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: disability equipment provided by ward. Equipment available on each ward for those with disabilities. Disability nurse for the trust available to the Rosie.
      • Hearing problems: hearing loops.
      • Sight problems: easy read leaflets, audio leaflets available.
      • Learning disabilities: seen by midwives caring for vulnerable women.
      • Autism spectrum: you would have an individualised plan of care.
    • Interpreting service
      • The hospital has access to a translation service. Contact the midwife looking after you.
      • we have some leaflets available in languages other than English.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    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

    • 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
      • Spice of Life restaurant on food court serves snacks and cooked food 24/7.
        M&S food on the concourse. Costa coffee outlets. The Rosie has its own cafe.
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Local children's centres throughout Cambridgeshire.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0122 321 7003
      • If in labour call: 0122 321 7217
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Birthing rooms have access to sensory garden.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting once the baby is born
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • A concessionary ticket costing £3 is available on the day of your baby's birth from the Rosie reception between 7.30am-5pm Monday-Friday, and from the ATC reception outside these hours.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 1 hour: £2.70.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2016 - Apr 2017: 10
      • Reason for closure: For the minimal time possible due to the number of women giving birth at the time.
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