Okehampton community hospital

Royal Devon And Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Okehampton 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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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 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
    • 1 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.
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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
  • 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
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 10.

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 10 midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. Out of area womwne will most likely see a maximum of 2 midwives in labour dependent on length of labour and be seen by their own team for postnatal care once discharged from the birth centre

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
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 18 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: West Devon, Mid Devon, North Cornwall
      • 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. The Trust runs the 'Access Support Card' initiative. By showing their card on arrival at the hospital, women can receive interpretation and translation services as well as many other services.
      • 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

    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
      • Kitchen
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01837 658013
      • If in labour call: 01837 658013
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Enclosed garden
    • Visiting information
      • Partner or nominated visitor: 9am-8pm. Other visitors: 2.30-6.30pm. Limit of 2-3 visitors at one time. Children of the parent: 9am-12pm and 2.30-8pm. No visitors except partners during lunch and rest period of 12-2.30pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • 60p per hour.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 8
      • Reason for closure: for 4 months due to staff sickness
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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