Huddersfield Royal Infirmary

Calderdale And Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Huddersfield Family Birth 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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To have your baby in the freestanding birth centre you pregnancy needs to be assessed as low risk.

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 can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You will have your own room for labour and birth.
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Holistic therapies including reflexology and massage, heat packs

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • 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 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 4 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 will have a named midwife in the community who is supported by a small team of midwives, who you may meet. You may have care diredctly from the birth centre midwives and may know the midwife who provides care in labour.

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 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Calderdale, Kirklees, Bradford, Barnsley, Rochdale. You can refer yourself into the service by completing the form on the maternity website (see link above map). You will be contacted within 3 working days to make arrangements for booking.
      • 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: large rooms are available which adequately accommodate mobility equipment.
      • Hearing problems: some midwives are able to sign. There is also a loop system.
      • Sight problems: individual case assessment to identify needs.
      • Learning disabilities: there is a specialist midwife who offers care to women with learning disabilities.
      • Autism spectrum: individual case assessment to identify needs.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting service via 'TheBigWord' service.
      • some information leaflets are available in a variety of languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Domestic abuse, Birth Choices and Debrief service.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Huddersfield Birth Centre

      I want to tell the world how amazing my birth experience was at Huddersfield Birth Centre...I really would recommend this place to anyone wanting to give birth in a safe, calming environment. It...

      by Rorla Green, 05 Mar 2019

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    • My wonderful labour and birth experience

      I just wanted to leave a review following the birth of my beautiful baby boy who we welcomed into the world 12/05/18 with the help of the amazing staff at Huddersfield birth centre and Calerdale...

      by Anonymous, 16 Jul 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


      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
      • Telephone the birth centre to book a tour. Visits can be arranged in the evenings and at weekends.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
      • Main hospital number: 0148 434 2000 or 0844 811 0101
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You can self-refer to the community midwives
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0148 434 2608
      • If in labour call: 0148 434 2608
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Pay and Display parking is available.
      • No special arrangements
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 4
      • Reason for closure: The birth centre closed for a number of weeks due to system-wide winter pressures in adult services. This was not due to staffing issues. Women were accommodated for midwife-led low intervention care on the alongside birth centre in Calderdale.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Calderdale Birth Centre
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