University College Hospital, London

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The EGA Birth 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

1072

births from Jan 2017 to Dec 2017

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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
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
    • Acupuncture
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict

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: Most of our midwives are trained in Acupuncture for pain relief in labour. Private Hypnobirthing classes are also available antenatally.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Please see the Postnatal Care Package on the UCH website .
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 6-24 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 6 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

Typically 70% of women who attend UCH are out of area. They will have a set team of midwives antenatally (approx 5 per team) but they will see different midwives in labour and postnatally (because they live out of area) the remaining 30% of women will see up to 5 midwives antenatally and the same midwives postnatally.

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?

    • 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 18 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: No catchment area
      • 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: you will be given a referral to a physiotherapist and have a birth planning session together with a midwife.
      • Hearing problems: you can use 'TheLanguageLine' specialist services.
      • Sight problems: you can use 'TheLanguageLine' specialist services. For example the birth unit tour can be listened to and is also in 2 different foreign languages most commonly spoken in the unit.
      • Learning disabilities: midwives will liaise with social services.
      • Autism spectrum: please enquire with the unit for more information.
    • Interpreting service
      • If your first language is not English and you need help to communicate with staff, interpreters can be provided for most languages. <br> There are telephone or face-to-face interpreters available as well as text translation services. If you need a face-to-face interpreter this can take up to 72 hours to arrange, so give as much notice as you can.
      • you can use 'TheLanguageLine' specialist services. For example the birth unit tour can be listened to and is also in 2 different foreign languages most commonly spoken in the unit.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • I will not being going to this hospital after how I was spoken to

      UCLH and Royal Free are in my catchment area, and one friend recommended UCLH so I self-referred.   I have so far spoken to two incredibly rude people on the phone in the maternity unit at this...

      by pinktango, 14 Nov 2018

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    • Great Specialist care but reception staff a let...

      The care by midwives is to a good standard - some visits I get a very attentive care and other times i just feel rushed through and not really told the purpose of that specific visit - my BP is...

      by Anonymous, 11 Feb 2017

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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

      8.0/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.3/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • This is integrated in the antenatal care pathway as part of the antenatal classes.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Private elective caesarean section by obstetric consultant and private postnatal package which includes private room and private midwife for NHS caesarean sections.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • 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
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0203 447 9564
      • If in labour call: 0203 447 9564
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • No restrictions but at the discretion of the midwife in charge depending on the unit activity
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Nearest car park on Huntley Road (meter payment). Euston Road long stay parking.
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