Liverpool Women's Hospital

Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

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

1800

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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11

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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The unit has specially trained midwives who are able to conduct your baby's examination before you are discharged to home.

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Codeine
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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 11 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • We encourage up to two birth partners to support you with your labour and birth.
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: On wall projectors creating a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

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
    • If you require postnatal care away from the birth centre, there is no facilities for your partner to stay overnight.
  • 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 1.

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

All will have a named midwife with a contact number. You should receive care from this midwife antenatally and postnatally. If the midwife is unavailable another midwife for the same team will provide that care. If you book at the Liverpool women's but live out of the area covered by the trust's midwives then you may be cared for by the midwives at your GP surgery.

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 40.0 and lower
      • Aged between no limit and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • Women with uncomplicated pregnancies who have labour induced.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Merseyside, Sefton and Knowsley, The Wirral
      • 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: Individual assessments are available for you provided by specialist service
      • Hearing problems: Individual assessments are available for you provided by specialist service
      • Sight problems: Individual assessments are available for you provided by specialist service
      • Learning disabilities: Individual assessments are available for you provided by specialist service
      • Autism spectrum: Individual assessments are available for you provided by specialist service
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face interpreting and language lines
      • Individual assessments are available for you provided by specialist service
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Comfortable in an otherwise stressful situation

      The staff have always, Always made me feel comfortable, in what would otherwise be a stressful situation. Thank you

      by hadarbc79, 16 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • All I can say is wow

      Our first child was born in the women's last night. The delivery suite was spacious, clean and tidy. Nothing was too much trouble for the midwifes. (we had 2 as was in labour for 24 hours). The...

      by Anonymous, 01 Nov 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

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Call and ask for parent education coordinator
    • 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
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0151 247 4747
      • If in labour call: 015 1702 4270
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Visiting is at the discretion of the shift leader
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit and a drop off outside the entrance for up to 20 minutes.
    • Parking
      • 0-30 minutes - free, 30 minutes to 2 hours-£3.60, 2-4 hours-£4.50, 4-6 hours-£7.50, 6-24 hours-£9.80
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