West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds

West Suffolk NHS Foundation 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


births from Apr 2014 to Apr 2015



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Pethidine
  • 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 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
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birth stools

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £125 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can't stay overnight
    • 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 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 2 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.

Midwives work in teams of approximately 5 - 7 midwives per team, giving antenatal and postnatal care throughout. You will have a named midwife and she will endeavour to see you antenatally and postnatally.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 40 and 18 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+5 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Extends to Thetford in the north, Sudbury in the south, Newmarket to the west and Stowmarket to the east.
      • 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: Wheel chairs and special cots
      • Hearing problems: Induction loops compatible with NHS Hearing Aids are installed in many reception areas. They also have portable induction loops. BSL interpreters also available
      • Sight problems: Information can be recorded onto audio tapes and there are a number of RNIB approved cassettes to play
      • Learning disabilities: Significant signage have pictures attached to them
      • Autism spectrum: Significant signage have pictures attached to them
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone interpreting service available on 0800 169 2695 Cintra Interpreting Service
      • Visual aids
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • VBAC, Obesity

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Amazing experience for birth of 2nd child!

      I had my first child at a different hospital in 2016 and had a terrible experience with them. This was the main reason I chose to go to West Suffolk for my second child. The West Suffolk Hospital...

      by Anonymous, 01 May 2018

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    • Induction and birth of my baby girl

      I am very pleased with the care i received recently on f11 and delivery suite during birth of my baby daughter.. I got to ward f11 at 310pm on Saturday 10th February. I received a induction at...

      by Anonymous, 13 Feb 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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • 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
      • Hospital restaurant and vending machine food available on the unit
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Midwives undertake antenatal clinics and drop in sessions within local children's centres
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 34 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01284 712758
      • If in labour call: 01284 712758
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Designated courtyards which have landscaped gardens
    • Visiting information
      • Your partner can stay with you throughout your stay.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Minimum £3.30 - Maximum £7.60
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