Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantristant

Cwm Taf University Health Board

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Tirion Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a small unit

196

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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2

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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth 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

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
    • 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

At the moment there is a team of midwives sharing care antenatally, in labour and postnatally. You may see the same midwife more than once, although it is unlikely you will see same midwife for birth unless it's a home birth. We are working towards a model of increased continuity of care for women using our service as we are keen to support the findings of the Your Birth We Care survey which found continuity of care and a known midwife to be important to women.

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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • Aged between none and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+4 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Cwm Taf
      • 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: we are able to formulate a personal plan for any woman who has additional needs, in partnership with their named midwife.
      • Hearing problems: an individual plan can be developed in partnership with the named community midwife
      • Sight problems: an individual plan can be developed in partnership with the named community midwife
      • Learning disabilities: an individual plan can be developed in partnership with the named community midwife
      • Autism spectrum: an individual plan can be developed in partnership with the named community midwife
    • Interpreting service
      • Translators can be to booked to come in or to speak on phone as required. We also have some leaflets in different languages.
      • leaflets in different languages, language cards.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    General information

    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • 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 local community midwives
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 10 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0144 344 3443 ext. 3529
      • If in labour call: 0144 344 3443 ext. 6902
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • No restrictions
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • Free
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: due to issues with the birth pool
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Tair Afon Birth Centre
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