Galloway Community Hospital

Dumfries and Galloway

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Clenoch Birthing 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

20

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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • 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
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 0 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • 2 at most
      • 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: Every room has a pain relief bath tub.

    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 reclining chair
    • 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 4-24hours 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 6 and for postnatal appointments it's 6.

    You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

    We have midwives in unit from 8am till 5pm daily and have midwives on call for births at all other times unless there is sickness within midwives and on calls may need to be cancelled and mums travel to Dumfries for births.

    Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

    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)
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Wigtownshire

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: women with mobility would not be recommend to deliver in this unit.
      • Hearing problems: Would be dealt with on a one to one basis and on needs.
      • Sight problems: health promotion documentation available.
      • Learning disabilities: generally would be red pathway therefore consultant care would be advised.
      • Autism spectrum: generally would be red pathway therefore consultant care would be advised.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact unit before appointment if you would like them to arrange an interpreter.
      • limited translated documents.

    General information

    • Tours
      • Contact the community midwife on 0177 670 7722
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 6 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0177 670 7722
      • If in labour call: 01387 241211
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting for partner and own children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • Nil
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 163
      • Reason for closure: Closed for births since december 2017 due to staff sickness
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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