Poole Hospital

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Haven Birthing Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit


births from Apr 2013 to Apr 2014



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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Alternative practitioners should notify the Head of Midwifery in advance if they intend to practice on the Trust site.
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £175 subject to availability
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward 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 0-4 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 3 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'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and during labour, but different midwives after your baby is born.

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
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of no limit and above
      • Age of 16 and above
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • The upper limit for maternal age is negotiable.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East and West Dorset, Bournemouth and Christchurch
      • 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: Disabled access via lifts
    • Interpreting service
      • Bookable interpreting service face to face, telephone interpreting service out of hours. Contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) on 01202 448499 (Tel), 07758 27249 (Mobile), 01202 448363 (Fax) or pals@poole.nhs.uk (Email). The PALS opening hours are Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pmand can be found in theHealth Information Centre, next to the multi-storey car park on Longfleet Road.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Cannot fault the care I received

      I just wanted to leave a review about how excellent Poole Maternity hospital is, and how from the antenatal period right through to postnatally, they took excellent care of me and I cannot fault...

      by Anonymous, 19 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Amazing service would like to thank all the...

      My baby girl was delivered on the 18/12/17 via elected c section, my previous c section with my son didn't go as planned spinal did not work so when I fell pregnant this year I made the decision to...

      by Anonymous, 07 Jan 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

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Available for postnatal visits at home, contact Cornelia.Midwives@nhs.net for more information
    • 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
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 01202 442310
      • If in labour call: 01202 448509
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Birth centre open access for birth partnersFor the postnatal ward, visiting is as follows:10am to 12 midnight - partners 10am to 9pm mothers own children. Other visitors are welcome between 2-4 pm and 7-8 pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £1.80 per hour pay and display
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