Royal Devon and Exeter Wonford Hospital

Royal Devon And Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Exeter Low Risk Birth 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 2016 to Mar 2017



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
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Codeine phosphate
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
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This is flexible - if you would like to have more than two birth partners, the midwives will try to accommodate this.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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: 0

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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birthing Stool

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
    • 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 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 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 have a named midwife. You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* 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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • 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 5 previous babies
      • Individual plans will be considered
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Exeter and wider Devon
      • 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: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Hearing problems: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Sight problems: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Learning disabilities: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Autism spectrum: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
    • Interpreting service
      • Woman can ask their midwife. The Trust runs the 'Access Support Card' initiative. By showing their card on arrival at the hospital, women can receive interpretation and translation services as well as many other services.
      • information available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • Perinatal Mental Health Service

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Wonderful experience before during & after...

      I came into RD and E for an elective section after a traumatic first birth. Every member of staff involved in the decision making from the consultant, to the anaesthetist (who was phenomenal) and...

      by Anonymous, 21 Jun 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Care after loss of our baby

      We felt lost and alone. Our consultant was there to hold us up and keep us going. She kept in contact with us long after we lost our boy and mentioned him by name in her communications. She took...

      by fliss, 25 Oct 2017

      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


      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

    • Tours
    • 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
      • There are also a number of food and drink vending machines around the hospital.
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      All women who are low risk in Exeter and wider community can come to the Birth Centre. The women are given a yellow sticker with the contact details of the birth centre and a statement (planned place of birth).
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 21 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01392 406607
      • If in labour call: 01392 406607/01392 406616
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Patio area
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting on postnatal ward 8-8pm unrestricted in birth rooms
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • 20 minutes: Free 2 hours: £2.50. 4 hours: £4.50. All day: £8.50
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