Leighton Hospital, Crewe

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Midwife Led 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
  • Other: TENS, hypnobirthing, massage
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
    • Sitting room with snacks and refreshments.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 3 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £34.85 per night.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay until discharged home from midwifery led unit. This unit is in the process of implementing partners staying overnight on the postnatal ward - in 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 will be allocated and named Midwife and Buddy. You will see them for your antenatal and postnatal visits. From time to time it may be necessary for you to meet an additional Midwife. When you are in labour you will be cared for by a member of the labour ward team. Women from out of area will be seen in the antenatal clinic for scans and appointments and by a midwife from their own GP surgery for antenatal and 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 of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of Assessed on individual case. and above
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Chester borders, Macclesfield borders, North Staffordshire borders and South Manchester borders.
      • 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: All rooms are wet rooms and are wheelchair accessible.
      • Hearing problems: An individual plan of care will be implemented.
      • Sight problems: An individual plan of care will be implemented.
      • Learning disabilities: An individual plan of care will be implemented.
      • Autism spectrum: An individual plan of care will be implemented.
    • Interpreting service
      • A language interpreter or sign language user can be provided to help with communication, with utmost care taken to ensure an interpreter is available for you.
      • Patient information leaflets available in other languages upon request.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Learning disabilities Domestic violence

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Booking-in maternity appointment issue

      I miscarried at 13 weeks last year, it was a long awaited and very much wanted pregnancy so I have struggled since, and have self-referred for counselling (which I've been waiting 4 months for). I...

      by Satsuma19, 18 Mar 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • EPAU review - dignity respect and outstanding care

      My partner and I were seen several times at EPAU for early pregnancy scans and then management of our miscarriage. We must say the care, dignity and respect we were shown was truly first rate and...

      by Anonymous, 17 Oct 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
      • 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/ beverages in the unit's kitchen
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 01270 273127
      • If in labour call: 01270 278063
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Courtyard accessible from all three rooms.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable.
      • You will go home soon after the birth so there is minimal opportunity to receive visitors.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit.
    • Parking
      • 25 minutes free, 4 hours: £3, 24 hours: £5
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: for 8 hours due to an intense workload on staff.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Midwifery Birthing Suite
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