St Michael's Hospital, Bristol

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation 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 large unit

570

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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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 delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 2-3 people as the space and environment can become crowded
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time

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.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
  • 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'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 3 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.

Women who live at the same address antenatally and postnatally will see the same group of midwives. At weekends it may be a midwife from another area who see's you

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
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: free wheelchair access to the wards and all facilities lifts are available to enable visiting doors are wide to allow access.
      • Hearing problems: we have interpreter access.
      • Sight problems: partner can stay. Guide dog can come in.
      • Learning disabilities: the Trust learning disability teams are utilised to assist the unit with providing appropriate care.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheBigWord' interpreting service
      • interpreting service via 'TheBigWord' telephone service or Next Link locally.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Letter of thanks

      I am writing to express my deepest gratitude to your team at St Michaels Maternity hospital for delivering our Baby I am in awe of the professionalism, competence and kindness of your midwifery...

      by Anonymous, 24 Oct 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Fantastic experience

      I had my daughter here. It was a bit of a traumatic birth ehich ended in c-section. The staff wete fantastic and made me feel relaxed. The kept me informed about everything and made sure I had a...

      by Anonymous, 27 Apr 2018

      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

      9.3/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      9.2/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      Better compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Ring 0117 342 5241 ext. 5758 between 10am and 12pm (Monday to Friday) to book the tour for yourself and one birth partner (children are not allowed).
    • 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
      Contact Midwife at local Health Centre
      • Booking phone number: 0117 342 5241
      • If in labour call: 0117 342 5214 ext. 5213
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting for families. Restriction on children who are not siblings, as with the main wards.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £2-3, depending on stay. If parents are staying longer for the birth, a free ticket to park for up to 7 days can be given, after purchase of first parking ticket.
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