Lister Hospital, Stevenage

East And North Hertfordshire NHS 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
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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 4 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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
  • Other: Febromed active birth equipment, electronic candles

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £195.00
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you 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 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.

The midwives are GP based and work within teams. The midwife will see women from that surgery both antenatally and postnatally. When she is not working, the women will be seen by another member of her team.

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
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 42 and lower
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • Eligibility criteria are based on national guidelines
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
      • 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: Maternity information leaflets available in special formats if requested through PALS.
      • Hearing problems: An individual plan of care is agreed in partnership with the woman and her family
      • Sight problems: An individual plan of care is agreed in partnership with the woman and her family
      • Learning disabilities: An individual plan of care is agreed in partnership with the woman and her family
      • Autism spectrum: An individual plan of care is agreed in partnership with the woman and her family
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact PALS on 01438 284679
      • Maternity information leaflets available in other languages if requested through PALS.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women
      • Multiple birth

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Poor practice from maternity staff

      Unfortunately I won’t be recommending this hospital and certainly won’t be recommending any of the midwifes either, what terrible and unprofessional service they provide! I hope I never have to...

      by Anonymous, 13 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Thank You Midwives for Looking After Us!

      On 4th April 2019 from 9pm until 5th April 2019 until 6.45pm, I was cared for by a fantastic team of Midwives at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. They guided me and my partner...

      by Anonymous, 07 May 2019

      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


      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.
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01438 286197
      • If in labour call: 01438 284124
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Communal garden and sitting area
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Flexible but at the discretion of midwives. No children allowed except siblings.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off has maximum 15 minutes stay
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • 15 minutes drop off and pick up free of charge 0-1 hours: £2.70 1-2 hours: £3.90 2-3 hours: £5.40 3-4 hours: £5.90 4-5 hours: £6.50 5-6 hours: £7.30 6-24 hours: £8.10 Weekly: £20.70 Monthly: £23.00
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: Twice due to high work load demands and limited staffing.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Midwifery Led Birthing Unit
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