Arbroath Infirmary

Tayside

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 06 Jun 2018

Angus Birthing Unit

Contact & visitor information

Freestanding birth centres are not on the same site as a hospital, so your care is led by midwives. If you need the assistance of a doctor you’ll be transferred to a labour ward at a hospital.

a small unit

140

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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2

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit

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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • Care in early labour is tailored to your needs at the time
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 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
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
    • Partners are encouraged to stay 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 Other after the birth
    • The length of time women remain in the unit following birth is an individual decision.
    • 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 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'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and during labour, but different midwives after your baby is born.

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

You will have a named midwife who will see you throughout pregnancy and for postnatal care. There is a possibility you may see your named midwife during labour and birth since the Angus midwifery team works by caseloading.

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?

    • 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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 19 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • The limits are flexible and care can be discussed
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Tayside
      • 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 lift and wheelchairs. The beds are adjustable.
      • Hearing problems: the interpretation service is available.
      • Sight problems: individual needs will be assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: close liaison with multi professional colleagues and opportunity for one to one parent education with named midwife. Support materials i.e. books.
      • Autism spectrum: individualised care from named midwife.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheLanguageLine' is available for telephone and face to face interpretation and translation is also available by appointment.
      • close liaison with community support groups and multi professional team.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Thee teams are Tayside wide and the FNP (Family Nurse Partnership) is available for all teenage mothers to be.

    General information

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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0124 182 2537
      • If in labour call: 0124 182 2537 or 0138 263 2075
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • 0
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