Friarage Hospital, Northallerton

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Friarage Maternity 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 medium unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit
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The Friarage maternity centre offers a comfortable relaxed environment for women and their partners, and is a good choice for women who are keen to have a natural birth with minimum intervention. Please see our Facebook page 'friarage maternity centre' for further information and reviews.

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: Oral analgesia
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
    • 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
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This unit delivers care based on your individual needs
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances

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

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
  • 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 6-24 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 2.

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. You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour. You can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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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
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 16 and 35.0
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Northallerton, Richmond, Catterick, Thirsk, and from elsewhere if you fit the criteria for low risk care in a 'stand alone' midwifery unit.
      • 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: refer to learning disability and physical disability midwife.
      • Hearing problems: signing professionals have been used previously.
      • Sight problems: based on individual need.
      • Learning disabilities: referral to disability midwife for assessment of needs.
      • Autism spectrum: individual assessment of needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • This will be arranged based on your individual needs.
      • access written information in the woman's language whenever possible.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Healthy Lifestyle Clinic / One-one midwifery clinic (debrief and birth planning).

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Lovely team of midwives and excellent A&E services

      My wife came into A&E today as she is 28 weeks pregnant and nearly fainted at work. Everyone was great from start to finish but the person who really made an impact on us was the midwife who...

      by Anonymous, 22 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Water birth

      On the 29th July 2018 I laboured and gave birth to my perfect baby boy at The Friarage Maternity Centre. I was absolutely astounded at the care that not only myself and baby, but birthing partners...

      by Anonymous, 08 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    Source: CQC

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

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

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    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

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      About the same compared with other trusts

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      About the same compared with other trusts

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      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Please telephone the unit to arrange individual tour at a mutually convienient time
      • Take a virtual tour
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • a cafe but this is not open 24 hours a day
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0160 976 3093
      • If in labour call: 0160 976 3093
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • This area is not specific to women in labour.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • 15 minutes: Free 15 mins - 2 hours: £1.80 4 hours: £2.90 24 hours £5.70
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