Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Heart Of England 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 medium unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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We run a clinic for antenatal women to promote continuity of care.

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 can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 5 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.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and during labour, but different midwives after your baby is born.

Care by community midwife

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 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 5 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: East Birmingham and Solihull
    • 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: individual care plan.
    • Hearing problems: we work together with the British hearing loss.
    • Sight problems: individualised care plan.
    • Learning disabilities: liaise with learning difficulties team.
    • Autism spectrum: you will receive individualised care.
  • Interpreting service
    • Telephone: 0121 424 1331 ext. 1319 for Interpreting Services. <br> The Trust provides interpretation in Mirpuri, Punjabi, Urdu, Sylheti and Bengali Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm and Friday 9:00am-4:30pm. For other languages 24 hours notice is needed to book an interpreter.
    • picture aids will be available.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Female genital mutilation

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Care after c-section

    I had an emergency c-section and the care after on the ward was excellent. From the moment I entered the ward there was always someone around to help me. The advice I got was vital for being...

    by Anonymous, 27 Jan 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • 24 week diminished movement worries

    I arrived at the unit and was seen within minutes of arrival. Whilst I was waiting I was left very reassured and comfortable. Tracy came in and saw me, she made me feel very relaxed and listened in...

    by AnnaGW, 27 Dec 2017

    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


    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth


    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
    • Telephoning Willow Suite. Tours of the unit are available 24 hours 7 days a week.
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care is 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
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 12 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 0121 424 2682
    • If in labour call: 0121 424 0773
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • 8am to 10pm. Siblings only, no other children.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance only
  • Parking
    • £10.20 all day
  • Temporary closures
    • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
    • Reason for closure: Staffing. No more than 8 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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