Isle of Arran War Memorial Hospital

Ayrshire and Arran

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 very small unit

10

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
  • Other: Morphine
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
    • You can use the outside patio area
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 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
    • Partners can stay overnight if additional support is needed.
  • 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 a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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)
    • BMI between 18 and 35.0
    • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 38 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Arran

Support services

  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
    • Limited mobility: you will be able to access all areas.
    • Hearing problems: we have a Loop hearing system.
    • Sight problems: maternity information booklets available in braille, audio and large print.
    • Learning disabilities: midwifery resources available.
    • Autism spectrum: no specific provision.
  • Interpreting service
    • Inform your midwife of interpretation requirements or call the midwife line on 01563 825300.
    • Most maternity information booklets are available in other languages on request.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Access to all of the above via Ayrshire Maternity Unit

General information

  • Tours
    • Speak to your community midwife
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Breastfeeding accreditation
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • There are no facilities nearby so make sure to bring your own refreshments.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Contact Arran Medical Group for the phone number.
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 12 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01770 601249
    • If in labour call: 01770 601249 or 01563 825300
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • There is an outside patio area that women can use.
  • Visiting information
    • Flexible, as you will only stay a short time after your baby is born.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance
  • Parking
    • Free
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