Birmingham Women's Hospital

Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 06 Sep 2017

The 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

1141

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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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
    • 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
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances

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 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 4-6 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?

You will have a named community midwife. You will hopefully be looked after by the same community midwife antenatally and postnatally but you will be looked after by different midwives during labour. 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.

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 We have no lower limit if the baby is growing normally and 35.0
      • Aged between No lower limit as long as otherwise suitable for BC and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Hb 85g/l, ruptured membranes up to 24 hours, EFW 4500g or less, Hepatitis B positive.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: South Birmingham
      • 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: The rooms are designed to have wide doors and are spacious with en-suite access to shower and toilet facilities, which are suitable for women or partners with limited mobility.
      • Hearing problems: Sign language interpreters available in advance, as well as links to related other organisations and services. Currently developing support mechanisms for women with hearing problems.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed and a plan of care created to ensure your needs for support are met. Usually this will involve a multidisciplinary team.
      • Learning disabilities: Your needs will be individually assessed by our Specialist Team and a plan of care created to ensure your needs for support are met. Usually this will involve a multidisciplinary team.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed and a plan of care created to ensure your needs for support are met. Usually this will involve a multidisciplinary team.
    • Interpreting service
      • During working hours an interpreter can be contacted and booked in advance, out of hours we use language line.
      • Provide 1:1 midwifery care in labour, using visual aids such as doll and pelvis.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Domestic violence, female genital mutilation

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Induction

      Complete joke !!! Due to my baby not growing at 37 weeks 6 days was told i need induction. Got booked in and put on the medication that starts your labour this was fri 11pm by sat 7pm my cervix was...

      by Anonymous, 23 Apr 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • From Birth to all care in Colposcopy

      I had my son at the Women’s 10 years ago and the experience was fantastic. The nurse spoke a little Urdu and was able to converse with my mother in law which we all remember well. Such wonderful...

      by Anonymous, 22 Apr 2018

      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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.1/10

      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
      • Another hospital on the same site
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0121 623 6907
      • If in labour call: 0121 335 8218
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • A small garden situated within the Birth Centre
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £3.00 for first hour
    • Temporary closures
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