New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS 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 very large unit

989

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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Women are encouraged to come and look around the unit and discuss their preferences for birth with the MLU team.

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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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 delivery suite/birthing room
    • Alternative therapies, TENS
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • It is encouraged to have one or two supportive people with them during labour and birth. Additional support will be after discussion with the woman and her midwife or partner.
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Hypnobirthing is supported.

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 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 6-12 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.

You will be looked after by a team of 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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between No lower BMI and 35.0
      • Aged between No lower limit and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: All women who meet the criteria are welcome to birth here.

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: An individualised plan will be made for you. This may include a risk assessment if you request to use the birthing pool.
      • Hearing problems: An individualised birth plan will be made for you.
      • Sight problems: An individualised birth plan will be made for you.
      • Learning disabilities: Access to a Specialist Nurse and information in accessible formats.
      • Autism spectrum: Access to a Specialist Nurse, information in accessible formats.
    • Interpreting service
      • Face to face and telephone interpreting service are available.
      • Leaflets in a variety of languages are available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity

      After a terrible labour experience at a previous hospital I decided to use New Cross. I couldn’t be happier in my decision me and my son were looked after tremendously well by the staff on...

      by Anonymous, 01 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • I felt isolated

      Terrible experience of ward care as a health care professional. I was disgusted to say I work for NHS after experiencing a ward like this. Midwives were rude and uncaring until my last day when...

      by Sophielou, 26 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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Please contact MLU to look around
    • 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
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 01902 695140
      • If in labour call: 01902 695033
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Women usually transfer home a few hours after birth. Your own children will be welcome at any time. Other visitors can be invited after discussion with the midwife for short periods of time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • First 30 mins of parking free for drop-off
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Up to 15 minutes: free. Over 15 minutes and up to 1 hour: £2.20. Over 1 hour and up to 3 hours: £3.20. Over 3 hours and up to 5 hours: £4.20. Over 5 hours and up to 24 hours: £5.20. Weekly ticket (7 consecutive days): £14.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: The MLU has closed twice in 12 months due to staffing problems and both times has been for a maximum of 6 hours.
      • 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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