Ashurst Hospital

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

New Forest 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

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birthing stool

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can't stay overnight
  • 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
    • 6-48 hours
    • 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 2.

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

Women being cared for by caseloading midwives are likely to see the same midwife antenatally, in labour and postnatally. Women being cared for by integrated team midwives are less likely to.

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 no limit and 35.0
      • Between 37 and 41+12 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Southampton and south-west Hampshire
      • 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: All on ground level - wheelchair access
      • Hearing problems: Trust Communication Handbook issued in 2008 is present in all clinic and ward areas, and aids communication using pictures and single words. BSL interpreter may need to be booked some time in advance, and may not be available for labour care.
      • Sight problems: Maternity information is available in a range of formats. Library resources will be improved to include key documents in large print, audiotape, DVD with subtitles or signing, and Braille. Large print items should be at least 16 point font and copied onto yellow paper to improve contrast.
      • Learning disabilities: Special nurses available for patients with learning disabilities. Contact by phoning 023 8077 7222 (extension 5367).
    • Interpreting service
      • Call In-House Interpreter; Voluntary Services (UHS) 8079 4688
      • Maternity information is available in a range of formats
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Healthy weight

    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

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    • Care in hospital after birth


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    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Toast in the dining/kitchen area
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      You will be given information and support about choosing your birth place options. You will be encouraged to plan birth in a birth centre or at home, unless you are likely to need obstetric care on the labour ward during the birth.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 023 8120 7698
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Garden area with views
    • Visiting information
      • 9.30am-9pm for partners. 2.30-4pm or 7-8.30pm for others.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There is plenty of parking near to entrance to the Birth Centre.
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • No charge
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 3
      • Reason for closure: for variable amounts of time depending on how busy the maternity units are; shortest 6 hours, longest one weekend.
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