Colchester General Hospital

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 04 Jun 2018

The Juno Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a large unit

661

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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4

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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We offer hypnobirth as standard education. All of our midwives have some training in hypnobirth. We encourage upright birth, massage and aromatherapy.

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
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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: Hypnobirthing

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 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 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Your community midwives work in a buddy system and antenatally you will become familiar with your team. Your midwives will care for you antenatally and postnatally. In labour you will be looked after by one of our dedicated Juno midwives. You will receive one to one care.

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?

    • 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 of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 16 and above
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: North Essex
      • 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 have a risk assessment during pregnancy. Appropriate manual handling equipment will be arranged for you and staff will be informed of the arrangements
      • Hearing problems: Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements
      • Sight problems: Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements. A risk assessment will be undertaken during pregnancy regarding you having a carer to stay with you 24/7 and the possibility of your dog staying
      • Learning disabilities: we meet with you antenatally and create an individualised plan of care.
      • Autism spectrum: we meet with you antenatally and create an individualised plan of care.
    • Interpreting service
      • TheBigWord via mobile phone, picture cue cards.
      • Staff will be made aware of your individual requirements. There are pictorial cue cards available, and there is a system on Delivery Suite to make sure that staff are informed about your special requirements
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • parent education, neonatal liaison and smoking in pregnancy

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Disgusting treatment of new mothers

      My wife had a caesarian on the 10th of November after a horrible labour caused by an rude doctor who ignored hypnobirth program we had informed them multiple times we were using to reduce pain and...

      by Anonymous, 11 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Miscarriage

      I feel that the early pregnancy unit (EPU) was fairly unprofessional. I was takien in by ambulance in the early hours one day last week. I had lost a lot of blood and had unfortunately miscarried...

      by gemma34, 11 Oct 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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.6/10

      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
      • Vending Machines / Asda within walking distance
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Book directly from 10 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01206 742322
      • If in labour call: 01206 742322
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Once you have been dropped off, your car can be parked in the pay-on-exit car park
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • Ranges from £1.80 to £5 or a five day permit is £10. Parking is free for women whose babies are in the Neonatal Unit.
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