Perth Royal Infirmary

Tayside

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 06 Sep 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 medium unit

270

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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4

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 an area where you can be assessed
    • Your care in early labour is tailored to your needs
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 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
  • Other: Self hypnosis classes

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • We have single postnatal rooms, there is no charge.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Not usual for partner to stay overnight but depends on individual circumstances
  • 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 6-24 hours 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.

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

This unit aims to provide continuity of carer with you seeing a maximum of 3 different midwives during your pregnancy. Our aim is to improve continuity antenatal and postnatal through defined caseloads.

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
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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.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 19 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Tayside and north-east Fife
      • 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: easy access.
      • Hearing problems: induction loop and use of BSL interpreters.
      • Sight problems: large print information books.
      • Learning disabilities: one-to-one sessions, information available in easier to read formats.
      • Autism spectrum: individual assessments to provide individualised care.
    • Interpreting service
      • This unit can access interpreters.
      • Voluntary services who provide support to our unit.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Increased obstetric care team

    General information

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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0173 847 3425
      • If in labour call: 0173 847 3425
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Access to hospital grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners and siblings from 9am-8pm. Other visitors 2-4pm & 6-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There are only a limited number of spaces available
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
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