Ingleside Birth Centre

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Ingleside 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.



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit
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This unit has recently opened and information is not yet available.

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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 4 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

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 in a double bed
  • 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 4-6 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 3.

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

We offer continuity of carer during the antenatal and postnatal period. We are currently exploring a range of care pathways which also include continuity of carer during the intrapartum period.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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)
    • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 weeks and 42 weeks weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Greater Manchester
    • 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: The birth centre and community space is compliant with DDA regulations. Each women with limited mobility would be risk assessed (where appropriate) and a plan of care and resources put in place to facilitate their care.
    • Hearing problems: Support via a hearing loop. Should an interpreter be required to sign information this would be arranged by appointment. We would also signpost to Deaf Nest Project, a charitable organisation who support deaf parents in childbirth to improve their personal experience and outcomes. All babies will be offered hearing screening within the first few days following birth. Any baby found to have a hearing impairment will be immediately referred to our audiology services.
    • Sight problems: We ensure each woman and her family have an individualised plan of care to support thier needs. This includes where and how to access appointments, place of birth and care during the pregnancy continum.
    • Learning disabilities: specialised midwives and an individualised plan of care to support individual needs. This includes where and how to access appointments, place of birth and care during the pregnancy continuum.
    • Autism spectrum: We have a team of specialised midwives who ensure each woman and her family have an individualised plan of care to support thier needs. This includes where and how to access appointments, place of birth and care during the pregnancy continuum.
  • Interpreting service
    • Access to immediate telephone translation via Language Line. Where required, face to face translation can be arranged by appointment.
    • We signpost women to national maternity information which have already been translated in various languages. We offer personalised maternity care plans which would address individual needs and preferences in the antenatal period and ensure these are translated accordingly.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women

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.
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Book directly from 10 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01617 458028
    • If in labour call: 01204 390612
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Ingleside is set in a open park in the local community. There is a private patio and garden area adjoining one of our birthing rooms.
  • Visiting information
    • Open visiting at any time
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Parking
    • Free parking
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