Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 05 Jun 2018

The Birth Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit

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births from Jan 2017 to Dec 2017

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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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: midwives support hypnobirthing. For health and safety reasons, TVs are not available in birth pool rooms

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 in a double bed
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining 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 6-12 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 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 who will aim to provide continuity of care in your pregnancy and following the birth. If you opt for a home birth your named midwife will strive to provide your labour 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. The Birth Unit midwives will provide your labour care on the Birth Unit and can often continue to provide labour care in the event that you need to transfer to the consultant unit should you or your baby require additional care and consultant input.

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 16 and 41 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Gloucestershire GP boundaries
      • 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: Disabled facilities are available.
      • Hearing problems: Access to portable hearing loop available via equipment library.
      • Learning disabilities: There is a full range of supportive policies and a Learning Disability Team.
      • Autism spectrum: There is a specialised vulnerable women's team.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) - Tel: 0800 019 3282, Text: 07827 281 266, Fax: 0300 422 6832, or email: ghn-tr.pals.gloshospitals@nhs.net .
      • High quality maternity health information is available in many different languages online from the NHS and healthinmylanguage.com
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Contraceptive service

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity Care

      We recently experienced the ordeal of having to give birth following a late miscarriage. At this extremely difficult time we relied heavily on the staff at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. We stayed...

      by Anonymous, 08 Sep 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • An incredible birth experience

      My husband and I used the midwife-led birth unit for the recent birth of our daughter and had an exceptionally brilliant experience. The facilities are wonderful - our birth room was huge and was...

      by Anonymous, 23 Jun 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

      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

      8.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • 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
      Discuss with your named midwife
      • Booking phone number: 0300 422 5523
      • If in labour call: 0300 422 5523
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • There is an open visiting policy for the Birth Unit however the number of visitors is restricted to four per mother and baby at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Up to 1 hour: £1.90; up to 2 hours: £3.60; up to 3 hours: £5; up to 4 hours: £6; up to 6 hours: £7.40; up to 24 hours: £10.
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