City Hospital, Birmingham

Sandwell And West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Serenity 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


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

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
    • There are very limited facilities for women in early labour.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 3 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This is a family friendly centre and will support siblings and families during labour.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Sensory overhead lighting, double bed

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 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 0-4 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 5 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 small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour. You can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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.
    • Straightforward pregnancy
    • Straightforward previous pregnancies
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI between 18 and 35.0
    • Aged between 16 and 45 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • We also take women who have some risk factors who have individual plans. These may be VBAC, BMI >35, hypothyroidsim.
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: No defined catchment area
    • 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: midwives will meet with you to find out what help they can give you Multidisciplinary team planning meetings.
    • Hearing problems: midwives will meet with you to find out what help they can give you and assess your needs.
    • Sight problems: midwives will meet with you to find out what help they can give you and assess your needs.
    • Learning disabilities: midwives will meet with you to find out what help they can give you, we also have a specialist clinic and a midwife who will plan care for the pregnancy and beyond.
    • Autism spectrum: midwives will meet with you to find out what help they can give you, we also have a specialist clinic and a midwife who will plan care for the pregnancy and beyond.
  • Interpreting service
    • Ask for one on booking your appointment. Midwife can book for any appointments Trust have a varied system for offering interpreting services. There is also a telephone interpreting service.
    • A doula (experienced female birth partner) is available through our Trust Pregnancy Outreach. Workers provide support work with social agencies and non-statutory agencies to find support.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Fetal medicine

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • twin antenatal appointments

    I am pregnant with twins throughout scans midwifes have been concerned with one of twins weight as it is 20% lighter than the other and one of the twins has a slightly enlarged kidney got referred...

    by Anonymous, 10 May 2019

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Maternity ultrasound department

    I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and suffer from a uterus malformation. I have been to a private scan for growth on Tuesday the 6th of november and the sonographer from the private clinic informed...

    by Anonymous, 08 Nov 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


    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff


    Worse compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth


    Worse compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Breastfeeding accreditation
  • Neonatal care
    • Local neonatal unit (LNU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area, except for those who are critically ill and need intensive care.
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • You can also bring food from home or get a takeaway
    • Vending machine
    • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Directly contact the community midwives
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 12 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 0121 507 5655
    • If in labour call: 0121 507 5655
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Decked garden behind kitchen.
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • Open visiting
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
  • Parking
    • Approximately £5 for 24 hours. Concessions one shot tickets: 4 for £10.
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