Russells Hall Hospital

The Dudley Group 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 small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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We are looking to commence a Birth Choice Clinic in the near future. This will enable us to open up communications and provide a safe plan of care for women who potentially do not fit the current criteria for Low Risk Care in Labour.

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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This unit aims to offer women the choice of birth supporters
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birthing Couch transforms into a cube to optimise comfort for different positions in labour.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can't stay overnight
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-24 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.

Whist some our community midwives work within the hospital settings it is not guaranteed for you to have the same Midwife throughout pregnancy, labour and in the postnatal period. We have a core team of midwives who work predominantly on MLU and we run an Active Birth Class on a Monday evening which can be booked through your Community Midwife and this willgive you an opportunity to meet some of the team and familiarise yourself with the unit and our facilities.

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
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI between 18 and 35.0
    • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 10 previous babies
    • You can meet and discuss options for birth with the Lead for the Midwifery Led Unit and a Consultant.
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Dudley
    • 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: You will be seen by a specialist midwife and a plan will be discussed
    • Hearing problems: You will be seen by a specialist midwife and a plan will be discussed
    • Sight problems: You will be seen by a specialist midwife and a plan will be discussed
    • Learning disabilities: You will be seen by a specialist midwife and a plan will be discussed
    • Autism spectrum: You will be seen by a specialist midwife and a plan will be discussed
  • Interpreting service
    • If you are unable to speak or understand English, inform the staff in the department or ward that you will be attending.
    • we have Word360 in place within the Trust to enable effective communication.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Clinical Governance

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Fantastic service

    I've recently had a baby just wanted to say a huge thank you from me to every single member of staff that was involved in my care from receptionists to sonogrophers to midwives qualified/or...

    by Anonymous, 27 Jun 2019

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Horrid time

    From start to finish of having my daughter in October 2015, I had quite a bad experience. I never experienced movement all through my pregnancy, although one sonographer assured me I would due to...

    by Anonymous, 24 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
    • Call 01384 456111 ex 3593 or 244358
  • 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
    • The restaurant is located by the main entrance area and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks, salads and sandwiches.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via the community midwives
    • Booking phone number: 01384 244593
    • If in labour call: 01384 456111 ext. 3593
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Partners 9am-10pm (this may depend on the time of birth). Visiting is 3-4.30pm and 7-8pm, with grandparents being allowed one 30-minute visit at any time, at the discretion of the midwife and parents.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
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