Andover War Memorial Hospital

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Hampshire Hospitals 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 small unit

110

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
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 can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Call the labour line 0300 123 9001 for telephone support and advice from dedicated midwives when you are in early labour. You can also have a face-to-face assessment in early labour at home or in the unit depending on your needs.
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Heat pads

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • There is no post-natal stay post birth. Partners are encouraged to stay with women and go home directly from the maternity centre once they feel ready to do so
  • 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 0-4 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 who will endeavour to provide the majority of your antenatal care. You will probably see this same midwife at least once after the birth.

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
Compared to the national average, women were:
    What is your situation?

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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
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Predominantly Hampshire and Berkshire but also women from bordering counties.
      • 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: you will have an individualised assessment of your needs to check that this is the right place for you to give birth.
      • Hearing problems: you will have an individualised care plan.
      • Sight problems: you will have an individualised care plan.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have an individualised assessment of your needs to check that this is the right place for you to give birth.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have an individualised assessment of your needs to check that this is the right place for you to give birth.
    • Interpreting service
      • Arranged through your named midwife. Face to face interpreters are used where possible and the 'TheLanguageLine' service is also available.
      • there are visual aids for common maternity questions.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women
      • Epilepsy, Consultant Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Impressed by professionalism at birth centre

      From the first phonecall to enquire about having my son there in April 2015 I was impressed by their professionalism. I saw the same midwife throughout (which would not have happened with my local...

      by CR15, 31 Jan 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Review for midwifes

      On 24th October my partner and I came into Andover birthing centre for an emergency check up with the fear that there was something wrong with our baby and it’s heartbeat. Our initial appointment...

      by Anonymous, 25 Oct 2017

      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.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth

      9.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours are on Saturday at 2pm. Book using the online form http://www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk/our-services/a-z-departments-and-specialities/m/maternity-services/antenatal-parent-education/maternity-tours-booking-form.aspx
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • A kitchen to make drinks on the unit.
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 5 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0126 435 2517
      • If in labour call: 0300 123 9001
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • You will go home 2-4 hours after giving birth so there are no visiting policies.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • 30 mins free, 30mins-1hour £1.50: 1-2 hours: £3.00. 2-4 hours: £4.00. 4-6 hours: £6.00 6-8 hours: £8.00 8-24 hours: £10.00.
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