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Sanctuary Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a large unit


births from Jan 2017 to Dec 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
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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 3 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 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 on the postnatal ward on a chair
  • 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 for antenatal and postnatal care, but you will be part of a team of midwives. Therefore, if your named midwife is unavailable you will be cared for by another member of the team in the community in your local area. You will have a different team of midwives who work on the Sanctuary Birth Centre and a midwife from this team will provide care for you during your labour and birth.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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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 between 17 and 35.0
      • Age of 16 and above
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire 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: wheelchair access to all the wards, Sanctuary and Labour Suite, including access to all rooms and bathrooms. An individual birth plan with be made with you during your pregnancy and an assessment made to ensure you receive the correct care and assistance.
      • Hearing problems: an individual assessment will be made with you during your pregnancy to find out your needs and requirements.
      • Sight problems: an individual assessment will be made with you during your pregnancy to find out your needs and requirements.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have a specialist midwife who works with you during your pregnancy, and your needs will be met during your labour and after your baby is born.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have a specialist midwife who works with you during your pregnancy, and your needs will be met during your labour and after your baby is born.
    • Interpreting service
      • The 'TheBigWord' and 'TheLanguageLine'.
      • leaflets can be produced in different language formats.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Labour suite, theatre and postnatal stay

      We recently had our baby boy, our 4th baby in July 19. Having had an elective section booked for 40 weeks, it was very scary and quite a shock when I began having contractions and bleeding at 34...

      by BDH, 23 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Amazing staff on the labour suite 13th June 2019

      thank you to everyone involved in the safe delivery of our baby boy last night. We are so thankful to have had such professional and talented staff working last night and turning what could have...

      by Anonymous, 21 Jun 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
      • 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
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Community midwife
      Community midwife
      Via your GP
      • If in labour call: 0115 962 7710
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Large enclosed garden area just off the Birth Centre
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only.
    • Parking
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