Crowborough War Memorial Hospital

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Crowborough 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


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit
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We offer an integrated service of Community Midwives and core staff. The unit provides antenatal support, postnatal, breast feeding drop-ins, tours, birth options appointments, hypnobirthing classes, early days classes and antenatal classes. We are introducing yoga and baby yoga.

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: TENS for use and hire, Aromatherapy , Acupuncture, 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
    • 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)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Floats for holding in the water.

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 in a double bed
  • 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

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

Crowborough Birthing Centre is an integrated service with the community midwives. They work between the community and the birth centre. We offer antenatal and postnatal care If a women chooses to birth in another hospital. We offer intrapartum care to out of area women. We provide good antenatal and postnatal continuity as an integrated service. If the community midwife is working within the birth unit she can care for a women in her caseload. We are looking at a system to provide continuity for antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care according to the recommendations of better births.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* 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.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 18, this can be discussed and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • All risk factors are reviewed at a birth options appointment at 34/40. We work with the women, midwife and consultant to agree a plan of care to give women choice.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Sussex and Kent, however, any woman can come here to use the birthing centre from surrounding areas outside of East Sussex.
      • 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: an individual care plan would be created with the women and her partner. all areas have disabled access.
      • Hearing problems: signing interpreter. Care plan and additional support form so all midwives are aware of your needs and ensure that your experience is what you hope it will be. These will be filed in your notes for staff to update and added to throughout your pregnancy.
      • Sight problems: care plan and additional support form so all midwives are aware of your needs and ensure that your experience is what you hope it will be. These will be filed in your notes for staff to update and added to throughout your pregnancy.
      • Learning disabilities: a plan can be put in place during pregnancy to make sure your needs are met and that you have postnatal support.
      • Autism spectrum: a care plan will be specially formed and the required services to support all the care.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are booked via the PALS department. Your midwife will fill in an additional support information form. Interpreters will be organised for the antenatal appointment and during labour.
      • interpreters will be organised for the antenatal appointment and during labour. (This Trust does not use your friends or family members as interpreters).
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Homebirth Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Source: CQC

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

    Scores are for the NHS Trust that this hospital is part of.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • We are able to offer tours for women each day depending on work load, however we have allocated times for tours on at Saturday between 3-5pm. We also offer tours in the evening.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Breakfast is self service with cereals and toast. We offer cooked meals for lunch and then provide sandwiches, fruit and yoghurts for supper. Women can heat up food in a microwave should they wish. We have fruit teas and coffee as you wish.
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Booking by directly calling the Birth Centre
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 7 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0189 265 4080 or 0189 260 3106
      • If in labour call: 0189 265 4080
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • We have a communal garden and hospital grounds available.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting for partners and family members. No children unless they are the siblings of the new baby.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Free parking
      • Free parking and parking area for drop off when in labour
    • Parking
      • Free parking.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 6
      • Reason for closure: overnight. The unit is now run by a different NHS Trust who have given a guarantee that the unit will not close.
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