Gilbert Bain Memorial Hospital, Shetland

Shetland

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Community Maternity 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 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
  • 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
    • All facilities are within the maternity unit
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 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
  • 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 reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women with an uncomplicated birth usually stay for up to 3 days after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can 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.

The service is integrated therefore the midwives work in all areas and all look after their own group of women (caseloading). It is possible for you to see only your named midwife throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatally but it is not guaranteed.

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 of 35.0 and lower
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 6 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: All of the Shetland isles

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting services provided by LanguageLine.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women

    General information

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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Book directly from 6 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01595 743012
      • If in labour call: 01595 743012
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • 3pm-8pm but flexible
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • General parking and dropping off zone.
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Free parking.
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