Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Lothian

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Birthing 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

1044

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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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
  • Other: Opioids are available.
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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 6 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 6 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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

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 camp bed/sofa
    • Partners and husbands are welcome to stay if they wish.
  • 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 6-12 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can 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 3.

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 different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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.
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Lothian
      • 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: Use of wheelchairs, en suite facilities, privacy and assistance from staff.
      • Hearing problems: Interpretation services are available.
      • Sight problems: Special plans can be put into place to meet the individual needs.
      • Learning disabilities: Special plans can be put into place to meet the individual needs.
      • Autism spectrum: Special plans can be put into place to meet the individual needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • We can provide translators upon request
      • We have leaflets in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • 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
      • Vending machine/ canteen
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Please discuss this with the community midwife
      Via your GP
      • If in labour call: 0131 242 2657
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners and siblings: 9.30am-10pm. Other visitors: 2-8pm (3 in total)
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • The Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health has its own dedicated car park and the birth centre is only a short distance away from this.
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £1.40 per hour. Capped at £7.10 for up to 24 hrs
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: for 3 days during adverse weather (red weather alert) to cope with staff shortage in all areas.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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