South West Acute 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

216

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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6

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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
  • 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 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • All single rooms, no cost
  • 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 4-24hours 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 2.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Antenatal care is provided by midwives in community setting, care in labour is provided by different midwives and postnatal care in the home is provided by the midwives seen during antenatal period.

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.
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 40.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Fermanagh and South and west Tyrone
      • 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: spacious rooms and hoists available. Aids that are used at home can be brought in. Relatives can stay to assist at the discretion of the mother.
      • Hearing problems: sign language interpreters, written communication and hearing aid circuit in unit.
      • Sight problems: orientate to room with en suite, no unnecessary items in room and relative can stay.
      • Learning disabilities: relative they feel comfortable with can stay.
      • Autism spectrum: explain routine and relative can stay.
    • Interpreting service
      • An interpreter can come to the unit if prearranged. On short notice, 'TheBigWord' or Google Translate will be available.
      • some leaflets in other languages available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Specialist nurses for safeguarding and diabetes.

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Midwife linked to health centre
      • If in labour call: 0286 638 2531
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Gardens available.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: open visiting, Other visitors: 3-4pm and 7-8.30pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements for most but if the woman is distressed she can be dropped off at entrance and partner return for the car as soon as possible.
    • Parking
      • There are several free spaces, multi-storey car park costs 0.70p per hour.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
      • Reason for closure: Both for approx 12 hours due to no beds available
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Midwifery Led Unit
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