Royal Bournemouth Hospital

The Royal Bournemouth And Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Bournemouth 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

180

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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3

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit
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We are always happy to provide additional information on birthing with us at the Midwife-led unit or at home, Please contact your community midwife or the Birth centre.

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
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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
  • 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 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 will be looked after by community midwives for antenatal and postnatal care. For labour there is a dedicated Birth Team who you will have the opportunity to meet during pregnancy.

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.
      • 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 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Bournemouth and Christchurch
      • 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: All Rooms and en suites on the Birth Centre have wheel chair access.
      • Hearing problems: Hearing loop
      • Sight problems: we will assess this on an individual basis and support as appropriate.
      • Learning disabilities: You will be cared for by a specialist team of midwives
      • Autism spectrum: You will be cared for by a specialist team of midwives
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01202 704886 (Direct Line), 01202 303626 (Hospital Switchboard) or pals@rbch.nhs.uk (Email).
      • Translation services or Language Line
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Home Birth Team

    General information

    • Tours
      • Meet the Midwife evenings are held every other Tuesday. There are two sessions 5pm and 6pm. There is no need to book. Women can also have their 34 week antenatal appointment at the Birth Centre.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Hospital canteen with vending machine
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01202 704915
      • If in labour call: 0300 369 0388
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Women can easily access an outdoor area with a lake and pathway, earlier on in labour.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • No visiting restrictions at the Birth Centre
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Free parking in dedicated parking area at Birth centre for women in labour and birthing at Birth centre. Visitors can use main carpark if no spaces available.
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