Eastbourne District General Hospital

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Eastbourne Midwifery Led 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


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit
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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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You are welcome to stay in a single room whilst labour establishes.
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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: 0

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: We welcome women who are using hypnobirthing techniques and we are in the process of setting up support for training.

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
    • 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 12-24 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 4 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.

You will have a named midwife who will coordinate your care and see you throughout your pregancy. A small team of midwives may provide support if your midwife is unavailable (e.g. on holiday or unwell). Our community midwives are now working more closely with birth centre midwives to increase opportunties for continuity of care. A small team of midwives, which may include your named midwife will care for you in labour and provide postnatal care for you and your baby.

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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • If this is not your first baby and your BMI is between 36 and 39 we may be able to discuss a personal plan of care with you.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Sussex is our main catchment area but we welcome women out East Sussex too.
      • 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: individual care planning.
      • Hearing problems: a signing interpreter for clinical contacts can be requested via your named midwife. A personalised plan of care will be written jointly with you and communicated to relevant staff.
      • Sight problems: a personalised plan of care will be developed with you and communicated to all relevant staff.
      • Learning disabilities: a personalised plan of care will be developed with you (and your family/carer) and communicated to all relevant staff.
      • Autism spectrum: a personalised plan of care will be developed with you (and your familiy/carer) and communicated to all relevant staff.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters can be arranged by your named midwife to support you during clinical contacts in pregnancy, labour and postnatally. (This Trust does not use your friends or family members as interpreters.)
      • information leaflets in other languages or translations services may be available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Planned Caesarean.

    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
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Small kitchen so snacks can be made if brought in.
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can also book at any local setting where your midwife runs a clinic.
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0132 341 7400 ext. 4109
      • If in labour call: 0132 341 4911
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Access is good via the front entrance of the hospital. There are drop-off car parking spaces at the main entrance. You can then move your car to park beside the unit.
      • Drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Up to 30 minutes free 30 minutes up to 1 hour: £1.50 1-2 hours: £2.80 2-3 hours: £4.20 3-4 hours: £5.60 4-5 hours: £6.90 5-6 hours: £8.30 6-12 hours: £9.60 12-24 hours: £14.90
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: The unit was closed once, overnight because of staff sickness.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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