Honiton Hospital

Royal Devon And Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Honiton Birth 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 very small unit

70

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
  • Other: TENS
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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Limits are flexible according to your needs.
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
    • A bed can be arranged on occasion
  • 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 4.

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

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

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born.

You will be looked after by a small team of midwives, the same mid wife will provide antenatal care, intrapartum care from the team and post natal care.

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:
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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 17 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 39 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Mid and East Devon
      • 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: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Hearing problems: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Sight problems: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Learning disabilities: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
      • Autism spectrum: There are complex care specialist midwives who will develop an individual plan of support.
    • Interpreting service
      • Woman can ask their midwife. An interpreter can be arranged to attend appointments .
      • Information available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • Complex Care specialists provide support across the whole maternity service.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • An excellent example of community led care

      In early 2017 I had a baby at Honiton Maternity Unit in Devon. I felt exceptionally well cared for throughout my labour. The staff were fantastic - both the midwives, the student midwife and the...

      by happy baby mama, 06 Mar 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.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth

      9.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Call and make an appointment
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine available for snacks
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Make contact with a midwife at the birth centre
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01404 540544
      • If in labour call: 01404 540544
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a garden with seating.
    • Visiting information
      • Partner only (or one nominated visitor) anytime. General visitors: 2:30-8pm (limit of 2-3 visitors at any one time). Children of the parent: 9am-12pm noon and 2.30-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Free
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 4
      • Reason for closure: once for 3 months Jan-Mar 2014, due to staff sickness and 3 times for 12 hours.
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