Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy


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 2015 to Apr 2016



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
  • 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
    • You can stay at home, but if you prefer you can stay on the antenatal ward.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Other specialist birth partners can attend as appropriate e.g. community psychiatric nurse
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

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
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Footstools; ensuite bath tubs, massage. Aromatherapy & reflexology service is dependent on availability of a midwife who has been trained to provide this

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Your partner can stay overnight if you are in a labour and postnatal room.
  • 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 6-24 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 have a named midwife.
You will be looked after by different teams of midwives for your antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.
If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour. You can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

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 16 and 40.0
    • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 6 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Fife
    • 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: Your care will be individually assessed based on discussions with you and with manual handling specialists if required. All areas have facilities for disabled access.
    • Hearing problems: Induction loop in all clinical areas.
    • Sight problems: Provided according to your individual requirements, including sight assisting dogs.
    • Learning disabilities: Individual support will be provided as requested or required.
    • Autism spectrum: Individual support will be provided as requested or required.
  • Interpreting service
    • Not based on preference. Use of LanguageLine and interpreting services - arranged by staff if women do not speak English
    • Information can be provided using pictures or written in other languages.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Substance misuse
    • Vulnerable women
    • Smoking Cessation
      Family Nurse Partnerships for teenagers.

General information

  • Tours
    • Book via your named midwife or a midwife in the Antenatal Clinic.
  • 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
    • A number of takeaways offering carry outs of different types of food in the vicinity.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
    • Main hospital number: 01592 643355 or 01383 623623
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    The receptionist at your GP surgery will make an appointment for you to see the midwife
    • Booking phone number: 01383 623623
    • If in labour call: 01592 729183
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • General hospital outside areas, but not exclusively for women in labour.
  • Visiting information
    • Visiting hours are agreed between you and the staff.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Parking
    • Free
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