Wythenshawe Hospital

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 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 large unit

648

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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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
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 5 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 5 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • No limit on supporters at maternal request.
    • 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 stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can sleep on the birth couch
  • 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 0-4 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 6 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.

Community midwives staff the birth centre so it is likely that women delivering here will have a higher opportunity to be delivered by a midwife they have met previously.

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 35.0
      • Aged between 14 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: South Manchester/Trafford
      • 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: Your needs will be individually assessed and adjustments put in place.
      • Hearing problems: Your needs will be individually assessed and adjustments put in place.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed and adjustments put in place.
      • Learning disabilities: Your needs will be individually assessed and adjustments put in place.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed and adjustments put in place.
    • Interpreting service
      • Link workers and interpreters are available for people who do not understand English.
      • Information leaflets available in different 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
    • Ultra sound

      I recently was admitted to hospital and was sent for a ultra sound in the maternity department, this was one of the most uncomfortable and embarrassing moments of my life.I was taken down by a...

      by Anonymous, 15 Sep 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Stressful Birth, Fantastic Care in Theatre

      I had my baby some time ago. Throughout the pregnancy i had various problems, gestational diabetes, too much fluid in the womb. Unfortunately the service recieved during this period was poor....

      by Anonymous, 08 Sep 2017

      Read on Care Opinion

    General information

    • Tours
      • Call 0161 291 2950
    • 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
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      via email to community.clerks@uhsm.nhs.uk
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0161 291 2942
      • If in labour call: 0161 291 2724
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Garden area
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • £3.00
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 5
      • Reason for closure: few hours, high activity
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Midwifery Led Unit
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