Wirral Women and Children's Hospital

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Eden Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

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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: codeine
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 delivery suite/birthing room
    • There is a 'snoozle room' where women can relax for a few hours and mobilise
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 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 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: Multitrac birthing 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 chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 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.

A small team of core midwives provide intrapartum care to low risk women.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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
    • 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
    • VBAC after discussion with Obstetric Consultant.
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Wirral, Liverpool, Chester
    • 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: all special requirements discussed antenatally.
    • Hearing problems: Antenatal arrangements made to ensure that all special requirements are readily available for when you're giving birth. Plan of care documented within notes.
    • Sight problems: Antenatal arrangements made to ensure that all special requirements are readily available for when you're giving birth. Plan of care documented within notes.
    • Learning disabilities: Antenatal arrangements made to ensure that all special requirements are readily available for when you're giving birth. Plan of care documented within notes.
    • Autism spectrum: Antenatal arrangements made to ensure that all special requirements are readily available for when you're giving birth. Plan of care documented within notes.
  • Interpreting service
    • You may be accompanied by a relative or carer who is able to interpret basic care, e.g. personal details, determining condition, help with orientation and basic personal care. It must be stressed, however, that relatives must not be asked to interpret clinical information, and staff must seek to request the services of an official interpreter.
    • Use of internet translator if appropriate.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Highfield team - continuity of care to women requesting home birth or freestanding birth centre

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Maternity/delivery

    I was currently booked in to the women's in Liverpool, and on the day they told me I had to be induced I transferred to arrowe due to reasons I wasn't happy with Liverpool! We went down to the...

    by Mand123456, 04 Sep 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Excellent maternity care

    I have recently received care from the fetal medicine unit, a day later I went into labour and spent a short time in the delivery suite and on the maternity ward. I felt care was delivered to a...

    by Anonymous, 02 Sep 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

    8.6/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff

    9.1/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    8.5/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care is 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
    • Trust canteen; kitchen
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Ask a midwife
    Via your GP
    • Booking phone number: 0151 604 7682
    • If in labour call: 0151 604 7111
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • There is no visiting on the birth centre as women are usually discharged home between 4-6 hours or transferred to the postnatal ward.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
  • Parking
    • £2.50
  • Temporary closures
    • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
    • Reason for closure: a large number of high-risk women in the delivery suite, making it unsafe to take in any more labouring women for 4.5 hours.
    • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Midwife Led Unit
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