Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr

Cwm Taf University Health Board

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Tair Afon Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a small unit

149

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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2

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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 not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can't stay 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 4-24hours 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 4.

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 team of 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.

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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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • Aged between 15 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Cwm Taf area: Merthyr, Cynon Valley, Rhondda Valleys, Pontypridd and Llantrisant.
      • 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: we have fully wheelchair accessible wards. There are grab rails in the showers and toilet areas.
      • Hearing problems: we access an interpreter for antenatal care including ultrasound scan appointments. The community midwives ensure that equipment is available such as baby alarm/monitors.
      • Sight problems: we can formulate an individualised package of care to suit the needs of the woman.
      • Learning disabilities: we can formulate an individualised package of care to suit the needs of the woman.
      • Autism spectrum: we can formulate an individualised package of care to suit the needs of the woman.
    • Interpreting service
      • We are able to provide an interpretation service for women who do not speak fluent English or those who need a sign language interpreter.
      • we can access information leaflets e.g. antenatal screening, in other languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women

    General information

    • Tours
      • Contact Antenatal clinic on 01685 728849 to make arrangements.
    • 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
      • Hospital canteen which is open office hours.
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via midwife in local area
      Via your GP
      • If in labour call: 01685 728870
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • If you need to stay for longer than 6 hours you may be transferred to the postnatal ward where their visiting hours will apply however partner can stay overnight in special circumstances. There are no visiting restrictions if you remain on the birth centre postnatally.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • Free parking
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: Once due to ants in the birth centre-repellent used and issue resolved within 14 hours.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Tirion Birth Centre
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