St Mary's Hospital, Manchester

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

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


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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
    • 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 antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £100
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Your partner can stay on a chair in an LDRP (labour and postnatal) room with you.
  • 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.

In general, there are one or two midwives covering each clinic to ensure continuity of care. There is a small possibility that you may meet more than midwife.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
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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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 40.0
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Central Manchester
      • 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 booked to have your baby on the main delivery suite at St Mary's.
      • Hearing problems: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team.
      • Sight problems: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team.
      • Learning disabilities: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team.
      • Autism spectrum: 1:1 care pathway involving a multidisciplinary team.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for all women including those seen in the community setting.
      • 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Refugees

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • My C-section

      Went in labour but baby lifted his head! ! I was left begging for an epidural for over 40 minutes because of a staff change over but was taken to theatre to have the anaesthetic epidural that...

      by JJCOER, 09 Nov 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Rude staff and cleaners only empty bins

      Staff are very rude and talk to you like you are nothing. They forget that they are there getting paid because of patients. Stayed in a post natal ward midwives are always rushing to and fro, they...

      by Anonymous, 30 Sep 2017

      Read on Care Opinion

    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
      • 24h cafe
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0161 276 6862
      • If in labour call: 0161 701 0018
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Birth partner (or named other): unlimited visiting. All other visitors may visit from 10am - 8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • 0 - 30 minutes: free. 30 minutes - 3 hours: £2.50. 3-6 hours: £5.00. 6-24 hours: £15.00.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: due to the number of women giving birth, closed for a few 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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