Weston General Hospital, Weston-Super-Mare

Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Ashcombe Birth Centre

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
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • You are welcome to walk around the unit. You will usually be allocated to a birthing room for initial assessment. Occasionally a side room is used.
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • It is recommended that you have no more than 2 birth partners, but there is flexibility to have more if you wish.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Mood lighting; Air conditioning; Heat packs

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • 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'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 will have a named midwife. You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 16 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: with a GP situated in the North Somerset area; from Bristol, Somerset and South Gloucester.
      • 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: Lifts, wide doors for wheelchair access and beds that raise and lower.
      • Hearing problems: Picture cards and written patient information leaflets.
      • Sight problems: There is some braille signage in the hospital, but this is limited.
      • Learning disabilities: There is a specialist nurse for learning disability in the Trust, she is involved in care if required.
      • Autism spectrum: There is a specialist nurse for vulnerable adults in the Trust, she is involved by midwives if required. There are also strong links with the local CAMHS team.
    • Interpreting service
      • The Big Word telephone translation service.
      • Translation of leaflets.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    General information

    • Tours
      • Phone 01934 647082
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Rafters Cafe open Mon-Fri. Costa Coffee open every day.
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 37 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01934 647082
      • If in labour call: 01934 647082
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a garden with benches approximately five minutes walk from the birth centre, which you are free to visit.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • 24 hour access at all times
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • 0-30 minutes: Free. Up to one hour: £2.10. Up to two hours: £3.20. Over two hours: £4.20
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 3
      • Reason for closure: Closed overnight due to staff shortages
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Midwifery Led Unit
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