St Austell Community Hospital

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 28 Jun 2018

Penrice 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

270

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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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
    • 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
    • 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 / 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 in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 0-4 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 2 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.

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.

Midwives work in small teams to cover the geographical areas around St. Austell, women will have a named midwife who is attached to their GP surgery. Women can also attend the birth centre for routine and non-routine care which is open 7 days a week.

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
    • Straightforward previous pregnancies
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI between 18 and 35.0
    • Aged between 17 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 41+5 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: 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: you will have your needs assessed and your care planned on an individual basis.
    • Hearing problems: signing interpretation services and information cards.
    • Sight problems: individual care planning and liaison with local and national services.
    • Learning disabilities: you will be supported by the special parenting team.
    • Autism spectrum: you will be supported by the special parenting team.
  • Interpreting service
    • We use 'TheBigWord' interpreting service. Contact the Patient Advice And Liaison Service (PALS) on 0187 225 2793 or pals.service@rcht.cornwall.nhs.uk
    • we use 'TheBigWord' interpreting service.
  • 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

    9.0/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff

    9.1/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    7.0/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Tours
    • Tours conducted once a week, you are advised to call the unit.
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • There are a number of local outlets.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Local children centres
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01726 873083
    • If in labour call: 0187 225 8000
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • There is a large enclosed garden.
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • Open visiting
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Parking
    • Free parking
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