Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Rushey 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 2013 to Apr 2014



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • Early Labour Lounge, kitchen, chairs, birth balls
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • 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
    • 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 on a reclining chair
    • Your stay after you've given birth
      • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
      • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-24 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 3.

    You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives 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
    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
        • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
        • BMI between no lower limit and 35.0
        • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
        • Maximum of 6 previous babies
      • Catchment area
        • Women who live within the catchment area: Berkshire West, South Oxfordshire, Berkshire East
        • 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
        • Sight problems: Call 0118 322 8338 for information leaflets in large print or Braille.
        • Learning disabilities: Learning disabilities coordinators and nurses also available on 0118 322 8338.
      • Interpreting service
        • Face to face and telephonic service available 24/7
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Bereavement
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Substance misuse
        • Teenage pregnancy
        • Vulnerable women

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • Excellent care, skills and friendliness

        I want to thank all staff in the induction suite, delivery suite and iffley ward. When things started to go awry, the staff worked calmly and efficiently to ensure my baby daughter was delivered...

        by Anonymous, 14 Dec 2017

        Read on Care Opinion
      • Birth of my baby

        The whole experience at RBH was a great one, though as to be expected the birth of my daughter didn't go entirely to the ideal plan. The staff in the Delivery suite and Marsh ward were all amazing,...

        by Anonymous, 10 Nov 2017

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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

      • Non-NHS Care
        • Private maternity care isn't available here.
      • Breastfeeding accreditation
        • Full 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
        • Vending machines
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      • Contact information
      • How to book once you're pregnant
        Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
        • Booking phone number: 0118 3227304
        • If in labour call: 0118 322 7304
      • Outside space
        • There is no outside space available for women in labour
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • Free parking for partners
        • parking spaces at the maternity unit
      • Parking
        • Up to 1 hour: £1.50, 1-2 hours: £3, 2-3 hours: £4.50, 3-4 hours: £6
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