Brecon War Memorial Hospital

Powys Teaching Health Board

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 18 Aug 2017

Brecon 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 very small unit

50

births from Apr 2015 to Apr 2016

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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
  • Other: hypnobirthing
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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Home assessment
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 1 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
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
  • 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 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'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. You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you are low risk or have chosen to birth in the unit you will be cared for a midwife from the team linked to the hospital. If you are out of catchment area you will be cared for by midwives local to you for antenatal and postnatal care and will receive care in labour by one of the midwives linked to this unit.

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 20 and 35.0
      • Age of 15 and above
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Breconshire
      • 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: You and your midwife will undertake a manual handling assessment to identify what needs to be done to support you to use the local facilities.
      • Hearing problems: You and your midwife will work together to create a plan that best meets your needs.
      • Sight problems: You and your midwife will work together to create a plan that best meets your needs.
      • Learning disabilities: You and your midwife will work together to create a plan that best meets your needs.
      • Autism spectrum: You and your midwife will work together to create a plan that best meets your needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Ask your midwife who can organise an interpreter from WITS (the All Wales translation service) for face to face interpreting, or contact LanguageLine (0800 917 6564) for telephone translation.
      • You and your midwife will work together to best identify how to access the information you require in the language of your choice.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Infant feeding

    General information

    • Tours
      • Speak to your midwife
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • partners are free to use the kitchen in the birth centre
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 4 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01874 622443
      • If in labour call: 01874 622443
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting hours.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Spaces available in the community hospital car park.
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • Free parking
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
      • Reason for closure: Twice due to birth activity
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Ithon Birth Centre
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