Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Hospital, Oswestry

Shrewsbury And Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Oswestry Midwife Led 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

50

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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2

Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit
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Inpatient services are currently suspended at this unit. Antenatal and postnatal services remain open.

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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
  • 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
    • 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
  • 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 on a camp bed/sofa
    • Labour room only
  • 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 24-48 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 8 and for postnatal appointments it's 8.

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 will have a named midwife.
You will be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.
If you live out of the hospital catchment area you can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

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 14 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+6 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 3 previous babies
      • There is an upper age limit of 40 if it is your first baby
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Shropshire and most surrounding counties.
      • 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: Level of mobility assessed regarding suitability for place of birth.
      • Hearing problems: Picture and easy read book available.
      • Sight problems: Picture and easy read book available. Leaflets can be printed in large type size.
      • Learning disabilities: Picture/easy read book available. Referral to learning disability team.
      • Autism spectrum: Picture and easy read book available.
    • Interpreting service
      • Arranged in advance; face to face or by phone
      • Different language leaflets resource available to all midwives. Picture and easy read book available.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Some of these services require referral to consultant unit clinics.

    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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      8.2/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • 01691 404579
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Food and drinks are offered to partners from the MLU
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Direct Access 01743 261085 or 07797 800025 (text only)
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 9 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01691 404579
      • If in labour call: 01691 404579
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is an enclosed garden space.
    • Visiting information
      • Partners and own children: 9am-8.30 (except meal times)
        Other visitors: 2-4pm and 6.30-8.30pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £2.50 per day
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: for the duration of the night due to staff sickness. It was reopened the following day.
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