Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Luton And Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Midwifery Led Birthing Unit

Contact & visitor information

A birth centre is a more homely environment, where the focus is on birth without medical intervention.

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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 be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Rocking chair

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 reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in rooms with women only if they are in a single room
  • 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 4-24 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.

These numbers reflect the number of midwives you will see in the community. Community midwives work within teams.

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 of 30.0 and lower
    • Age of 40 and lower
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • VBAC with individualised management plan
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Luton, central and south Bedfordshire, parts of Hertfordshire
    • 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 able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
    • Hearing problems: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
    • Sight problems: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
    • Learning disabilities: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
    • Autism spectrum: You will be able to agree an individual care plan with your health professionals, partner and any other relevant agencies. There are facilities for your birthing partner to stay with you if requested
  • Interpreting service
    • Service provided by Pearl Linguistics.
    • There is a video giving information about maternity care in the unit
  • 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
  • Midwife care

    I wanted to write to say thank you to all the midwifery staff and the l&d. I was booked for a home birth but sadly could not go ahead due to meconium in the waters. The staff recognised how...

    by Anonymous, 19 Oct 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Amazing dating scan experience

    Me and my husband attended for our dating scan and I had to post feedback as our sonographer made this scan a beautiful experience for us. She was warm, friendly and bubbly which really put us at...

    by Anonymous, 25 Sep 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

    8.6/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff

    8.4/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    7.1/10

    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
    • A snack machine is available and there is an off-site 24/7 Tesco
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    • Booking phone number: 01582 497020
    • If in labour call: 01582 502285
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • No postnatal visiting encouraged as women stay for only a short time postnatally, unless delivery is overnight
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • £4 car park charge for birth partners only for up to 24 hours when a woman is in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
  • Parking
    • Maximum of £4.00
  • Temporary closures
    • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
    • Reason for closure: for 8 -10 hours due to high numbers of women
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