West Middlesex University Hospital, Isleworth

Chelsea And Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Natural Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit

916

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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4

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 will be encouraged to go home if all is well
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You will be advised to be practical when considering birth support partners.
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

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: Massage therapy and essential oils. Some midwives have been trained to provide acupuncture for pain relief in labour and hypnobirthing techniques are supported.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Current cost is £200.00 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • If you are recommended to stay overnight after the birth, you will be transferred to the postnatal ward. Male partners staying overnight in four-bedded bays require the consent of all the women in the bay
  • 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 6 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.

Within the community midwifery teams we strive for as much continuity of named midwife as possible for the antenatal and postnatal care if women are in area. There are a small number of caseload teams for specific women where the midwives also care for women in labour, but otherwise the majority of women will not have met the midwife who cares for them in labour. The community midwives work in teams supporting each other when they are off on holiday and also when looking after women at home births.

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 35.0
      • Age of 40 and lower
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Hounslow, Feltham, Bedfont, Whitton, Twickenham, Teddington, Isleworth, Brentford, Hampton Hill, Heston, South Ealing and Cranford
      • 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: Access is on ground floor level and individual needs are assessed and supported as required.
      • Hearing problems: BSL interpreters are organised.
      • Sight problems: You will be individually assessed and supported as much as possible.
      • Learning disabilities: You will be individually assessed and supported as much as possible. "Passports" available for completion and continuity.
      • Autism spectrum: You will be individually assessed and supported as much as possible.
    • Interpreting service
      • The Big Word telephone translation service is used to assist non-English speaking patients. An interpreter can be provided in special circumstances including BSL for those with hearing loss.
      • Some written information is translated into the top 2 local foreign languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Consultant Midwives in Normality and Public Health and Safeguarding, Caseloading 1:1 for women with Gestational Diabetes, Tongue Division Clinic, Complementary Therapies.

    Women's experiences

    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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.2/10

      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
    • 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
      • There are a number of 24-hour vending machines available in the hospital for hot and cold drinks, sweets, crisps and snacks.
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 8321 5007 or 020 8321 6420
      • If in labour call: 020 83215946
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Policy remains the same
      • Partners and your own children only are welcome to visit at any time from 8am-8pm. No other children under the age of 16 are allowed in the unit. Visiting times for all other visitors are from 3-8pm. Only two additional visitors are allowed per bed
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There are car parks adjacent to the Queen Mary Maternity Unit and Women's Health Unit. Car parking is pay-and-display or pay-on-exit
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Up to an hour: £1.40. 1 -2 hours: £2.50. 2-3 hours: £3.40. 3-4 hours: £4.30. 4-5 hours: £5.20. 5-8 hours: £6.10. 8-12 hours: £6.80. 12-24 hours: £7.50.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: due to being full
      • 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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