Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Stockport Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

477

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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4

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
  • 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
    • 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
    • Women are encouraged to go home if still in latent phase of labour.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time

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 available.
    • £75 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners may stay if they wish after the birth. Some reclining chairs are available.
  • 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 Other after the birth
    • less than 6 hours in the Birth Centre. If staying longer we would transfer mother and baby to the postnatal ward.
    • 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

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 can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 40.0
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Stockport, High Peak and Greater Manchester.
      • 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: individualised care plans will be created.
      • Hearing problems: hearing loops available within the unit and individual plans of care are put into place antenatally.
      • Sight problems: information leaflets available in Braille. Community midwife or antenatal clinic will make individual assessment of needs antenatally.
      • Learning disabilities: individualised care plans will be created.
      • Autism spectrum: iIndividualised care plans will be created.
    • Interpreting service
      • Please ask clinician for an interpreter and this service will be arranged. Interpreters provided will ensure that both patient and clinician understand exactly what is being said and asked.
      • interpreting service by telephone or face to face if needed. Some leaflets are available in other languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity

      Having just had a baby at SHH this past weekend I wanted to leave a review about how amazing the quality of care was. Not once was I ever left unattended or did I feel uncared for. I had a long...

      by Anonymous, 12 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Maternity Services

      Further to my previous review regarding the water pressure here (which is excellent - the showers here must be amazing) which was taken in good humour, it is only fair that I leave a real...

      by Anonymous, 24 Jul 2018

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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

      9.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours of the maternity unit including the birth centre are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Meet in reception Women's Unit at 6.30pm.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding 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
      • Drinks will be provided but it is advised to pack snacks.
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0161 419 5551
      • If in labour call: 0161 419 5551
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners: open visiting. Other visitors: 2-3.30pm and 7-8pm. Mother's own children are allowed during visiting hours - other children are not admitted.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Concessions are available to pregnant women
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £15 permit can be purchased which can be used throughout pregnancy through to the postnatal period.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 10
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Birth Centre
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