Broomfield Hospital

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Birthing Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a large unit

669

births from Apr 2015 to Apr 2016

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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
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Morphine
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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave 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 4-6 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?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 5 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

You will be looked after by different 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.

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 19 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: Mid-Essex
      • 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: Doors with wheelchair access, ramps, lifts and hydraulic baths.
      • Hearing problems: The hospital has hearing loops provided in all departments, receptions, main waiting areas, discharge lounges and in the atria. Information is also available in special formats for the deaf and signers can also be employed when necessary.
      • Sight problems: Information available in special formats for the blind.
      • Learning disabilities: There is a help available for women with learning disabilities.
      • Autism spectrum: One-to-one care in labour, antenatal birth planning and antenatal classes (which include a tour).
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone interpreting service provided by 'TheBigWord'. For face-to-face interpreters ask for a fax booking form.
      • Picture aids are available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Midwifery care is non existent

      3 day old baby required a blood test for jaundice. Doctors and consultants were good and very understanding, however midwifery care is, in my opinion, way below an acceptable standard. We had our...

      by Anonymous, 15 Nov 2018

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    • Feeling vulnerable on the maternity ward

      So many people came in and out of my room when I was in the maternity unit at Broomfield hospital. They all meant well but it felt hectic and very disruptive. I especially felt vulnerable when...

      by leopardqp58, 08 Aug 2018

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    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

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
      • One to One Provides free antenatal and postnatal care, paid for by the NHS. With this choice your midwife cannot be responsible for your care in the birth centre during labour but can act as a birth supporter.

    • 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
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Women should book their care with the community midwife and then state that they want to have the baby in the birthing unit.
      • Booking phone number: 01245 51 3384
      • If in labour call: 01245 362305
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • 3-4pm and 7-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Daily/weekly paycards can be purchased from the cashiers office
      • drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 3
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