Ulster Hospital, Belfast

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Home from Home Unit

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 2017 to Apr 2018



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
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
    • 7 Birthing room(s)
    • 7 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 7 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you wish further support in labour, this will be accommodated.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances

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: Staff are familiar with reflexology and aromatherapy techniques.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • 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 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 4 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 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


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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.
      • 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 40.0
      • Aged between 16 and 44 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: South Eastern Trust area, but any woman in Northern Ireland can use this midwifery led unit.
      • 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: Wet room, hoist, variable height cot and baby bath.
      • Hearing problems: Light sensitive baby mattress. Your partner can stay with you.
      • Sight problems: You can visit the unit while you are pregnant, and your needs can be assessed. Your partner can stay with you while you are in hospital.
      • Learning disabilities: During your pregnancy your needs will be assessed and you will be provided with social support. Your partner will be able to stay with you when you are in hospital.
      • Autism spectrum: During your pregnancy you'll be asked about your needs. When you stay in hospital you will be provided with a quiet room with disruptions kept to a minimum. Your partner will be able to stay with you.
    • Interpreting service
      • Northern Ireland Interpreting services.
      • Postnatal literature can be supplied in your first language. Your partner can stay with you.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Birth Afterthoughts service; Weigh to a healthy pregnancy; Hypnobirthing classes.

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Private antenatal care can be arranged with consultant.
    • 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
      • Labelled food can be stored in the fridge.
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 02890 550469
      • If in labour call: 02890 550403
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds and summer seats available.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: open visiting. Other family: afternoon and evening.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance, maximum 20 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • £4.50 daily
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