Altnagelvin Area Hospital

Western Health and Social Care Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Midwifery Led Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a medium unit

488

births from Jan 2017 to Dec 2017

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Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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Wonderful unit with highly trained and dedicated midwives who are passionate about maintaining normality to achieve a better birth.

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
    • Admitted to Midwife Led Unit once in established labour
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit is for one partner at a time. A birth partner may swap with someone else to go and have a break
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 1

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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Reflexology sessions

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • All single rooms on MLU
  • 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
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

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 looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    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 40.0
      • Aged between 16 and 44 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • With Consultant approval and written in hand held records
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Londonderry, Limavady, Strabane, Omagh and Eniskillen.
      • 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: there is a disability room available.
      • Hearing problems: loop system in place.
      • Sight problems: you can bring your guide dog with you.
      • Learning disabilities: you can have additional supports to accompany you in hospital.
      • Autism spectrum: you can have an additional supporter to accompany you in hospital and stay overnight.
    • Interpreting service
      • This can be booked by hospital staff for antenatal appointments, when you're in the unit in labour and for receiving information when you are leaving hospital after having your baby. 'TheBigWord' interpreting service available.
      • some literature available in different languages from the public health agency.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • EITP - Getting Ready for Baby

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Payable to Cons and hospital
    • 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
      • You can make light refreshments in the kitchen in Midwife Led Unit
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Fetal Assessment via switch board
      Make an appointment to see a community midwife at your GP's surgery.
      • If in labour call: 0287 134 5171 or 0287 121 6110
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: open visiting, other visitors: 3-4PM and 7-8.30PM.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Both free and paying car parks available
    • Parking
      • 70p/hour but free parking available
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 3
      • Reason for closure: Closed due to staff shortages (sickness) closed 12hrs
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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