Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Jessop Wing

Sheffield Teaching 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
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • It is recommended that you have 1-2 birth partners as for most women this seems to provide the best support. If you have additional needs then there is some flexibility with the number of birth supporters.
    • 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
  • 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 overnight. If you are admitted to a different ward, partners can stay in certain circumstances - please discuss with your midwife.
  • 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 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 cared for by a named community midwife to maintain continuity through pregnancy right through to discharge to health visitor postnatally. For women with specific needs, support and flexibility is offered.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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 between no lower limit and 35.0
    • Aged between no lower limit and 39 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 5 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Sheffield and surrounding areas.
    • 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: a care plan will be arranged in the antenatal period ready for labour and birth.
    • Hearing problems: a care plan will be arranged in the antenatal period ready for labour and birth.
    • Sight problems: a care plan will be arranged in the antenatal period ready for labour and birth.
    • Learning disabilities: a specialist midwife will be involved in your care alongside your own named midwife.
    • Autism spectrum: a specialist midwife will be involved in your care alongside your own named midwife.
  • Interpreting service
    • Sometimes face to face interpreters can be used but during labour interpreting tends to be done via the telephone using 'TheLanguageLine' service.
    • easy read books with pictures are available.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Citywide team gives care to women who may need extra imput eg women with mental health issues or women who had a previous difficult or traumatic birth.

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Great care

    I was booked to have an induction on my due date and as soon as I arrived on Rivelin ward I was put at ease by the lovely staff. The induction process took three days and unfortunately due to...

    by Tinkletown, 05 Jul 2019

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Child Birth

    I gave birth to my first baby at the Jessops Wing in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield. This was my first experience with childbirth so I had no idea what to expect. Throughout my...

    by MelanieMel, 03 Jul 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
    • 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
    • The Jessop Wing cafe is open 7 days a week 8am-6pm.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    • Booking phone number: 0114 275 6699
    • If in labour call: 0114 226 8091
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • Birth here is seen as a very social event and so there are no rules about visitors in the birth centre. If you are admitted to the main postnatal wards the visiting is restricted - see the labour ward page for details.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
  • Parking
    • Parking is limited around the hospital. The charges on site are: £7.60 for a full day. £4.00 for 2-4 hrs. £2.30 for up to 2 hrs. Meter parking is available on side roads up to 4 hours.
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