James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Marton 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 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Some women who have delivered on central delivery suite can have their postnatal care on Marton Suite.

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
    • There is a suite on the antenatal ward for women in early labour (latent phase).
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • 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
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

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 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 4.

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 different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour. You can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

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
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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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 19 and above
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, North Yorkshire, Stockton on Tees and County Durham.
      • 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: low beds and wheelchair access.
      • Hearing problems: loop system available. Interpreter can be called.
      • Sight problems: one-to-one midwifery care and birth partner or carer support.
      • Learning disabilities: one-to-one midwifery care and birth partner or carer support.
      • Autism spectrum: one-to-one midwifery care and birth partner or carer support.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheBigWord' interpreting service.
      • website and leaflets.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Specific team for women at low risk of complications.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Marton suite maternity ward 16 17 James Cook

      I am Blessed to be dad of a gorgeous baby girl, she was born 30 July 2019 at matron suite James Cook. Midwife's in the ward are extremely helpful, they look after my Mrs and baby quite well. Only...

      by Anonymous, 02 Aug 2019

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    • My Wonderful Elective C-Section Experience

      I had an elective c-section at JCUH in October 2017 as my baby was breech. The care I received from all of the staff I met was exceptional and I was very well looked after. From booking in at the...

      by Anonymous, 24 Feb 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 isn't available here.
    • 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
      Early bird sessions
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0164 285 4517
      • If in labour call: 0164 285 4876
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Garden area
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners and own children: Open visiting and can stay with you. Other visitors: 2.30-4pm and 6.30-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • General car parking information: http://southtees.nhs.uk/hospitals/james-cook/parking/
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: Closed for a few hours due to number of women in labour/safety.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Friarage Maternity Centre
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