Norfolk And Norwich University Hospital

Norfolk And Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

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.

a very large unit


births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017



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
    • Decision is based on individual needs.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • In special circumstances you can have more than 2 birth partners.
    • 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
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

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
  • 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 4-6 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

MLBU will try to maintain continuity of carer throughout labour and immediately postnatal. Antenatal care will continue to be provided by the community Midwife.

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 18 and 35.0
    • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Not anaemic at 36 weeks
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: 1200 sq miles throughout Central Norfolk
    • 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: the hospital is accessible.
    • Hearing problems: some pictoral information is available.
    • Sight problems: use of braille if possible.
    • Learning disabilities: there is a link midwife and involvement of the hospital Learning Disability team.
    • Autism spectrum: liaison with the hospital Learning Disability team.
  • Interpreting service
    • Hospital has contract with Intran which provides 24 hour telephone interpretation, call ward to arrange this.
    • some cards with key words in different languages.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Vulnerable women
    • IT midwives

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Excellent maternity care

    Last year I had a high risk pregnancy with gestational diabetes hence I was under the care of the OB-GYN consultant team for all my antenatal and post operative care. We are truly grateful for the...

    by Anonymous, 09 Aug 2019

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Unacceptable procedures, lack of knowledge, bad...

    Staff - not confident when taking blood, not well educated, poor knowledge. Procedures - 1) taking blood without gloves ( putting both patients and health workers at risk from bloodborne pathogens)...

    by Anonymous, 17 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
    • Phone directly to MLBU and it will be accommodated if there are free rooms available.
  • 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
  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    • Booking phone number: 0160 328 8260
    • If in labour call: 0160 328 8260
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Grounds, gardens and small wooded trail, available to all who access the hospital.
  • Visiting information
    • Open visiting on our MLBU
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Can drop off outside West Block entrance.
  • Parking
    • £2.50
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