Basildon University Hospital

Basildon And Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Willow Suite

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
  • Other: There is a temporary suspension of Diamorphine due to a national shortage.
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
    • During day time hours women may be assessed at home by a midwife.
  • 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 on number of birth supporters is strict
    • 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
  • Other: Hypnobirthing classes are run in preparation for labour

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-24 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 2.

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 have a named midwife. If you live out of the hospital catchment area 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


* 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
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Basildon and Thurrock.
      • 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: a specific care plan will be created involving both the individual and the midwives involved with her care.
      • Hearing problems: a specific care plan will be created involving both the individual and the midwives involved with her care.
      • Sight problems: a specific care plan will be created involving both the individual and the midwives involved with her care.
      • Learning disabilities: a specific care plan will be created involving both the individual and the midwives involved with her care.
      • Autism spectrum: a specific care plan will be created involving both the individual and the midwives involved with her care.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are provided as required via an outside agency.
      • A specific care plan will be created involving both the individual and the midwives involved with her care.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Birth Choices: to individually assess women who wish their care to deviate from that which is recommended

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Midwives appear rude and don’t listen

      Gave birth here in October 2018. It’s taken me 9mths to feel comfortable to talk about my experience at this hospital. The midwives failed to listen to anything I asked and pushed for what they...

      by Anonymous, 11 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Impossible to talk to a human

      I've just found out that I'm pregnant and require an ultrasound scan asap as I think I may be far along 5 months, I recently moved in to the area so wasn't registered with any GP although I gave a...

      by Anonymous, 12 Jul 2019

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    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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same 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
      • There is a kitchen area available for drinks only
      • Vending machine
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Maternity Direct is a service for women to refer themselves for maternity care. Further contact details are on the Trust website.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0126 839 4660
      • If in labour call: 0126 852 4900 ext. 4597
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partner can visit between 7am-midnight. Visitors over the age of 16 years: 4-7pm. Younger visitors will only be permitted if they are siblings of the newborn.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • Up to 30 minutes: free. 30 mins to 2 hours: £3.00; 2-3 hours: £4.00; 3-5 hours £5.00; 5-6 hours: £6.00; over 6 hours: £10.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: for a few hours due to a large number of women giving birth
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