Blackburn Birth Centre

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Blackburn Birth Centre 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 medium unit

480

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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4

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
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Your family is encouraged to support you in labour
    • 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 in a double bed
  • 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 6-24 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.

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 be cared for by a team of midwives who 'buddy-up' antenatally and postnatally to minimise the number of midwives you see.

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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI of 35.0 and lower
      • Age of 16 and above
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • Contact the Birth Centre to attend the 'Place of birth' clinic
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Lancashire
      • 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: disabled facilities.
      • Hearing problems: place of birth meeting prior to the birth.
      • Sight problems: place of birth meeting prior to the birth.
      • Learning disabilities: place of birth meeting prior to the birth.
      • Autism spectrum: place of birth meeting prior to the birth.
    • Interpreting service
      • The Trust offers a telephone interpreting service, however, the maternity service has three bi-lingual support workers
      • phone line.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tuesday & Sunday at 2pm. Thursday at 7pm.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Partners will be offered drinks and toast if required.
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0125 473 3434
      • If in labour call: 0125 473 3434
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • All birth rooms have doors to the garden.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Car parking at the Birth Centre is free
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Free
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