Penrith Community Hospital

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Penrith Birthing 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.

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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
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 1 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 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 available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Due to the short stay, an overnight stay is not required.
  • 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'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 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.

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.

We aim to provide the best continuity of carer as possible throughout the antenatal, birth and postnatal 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
    • Straightforward previous pregnancies
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant

Support services

  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
    • Hearing problems: would encourage family to support with appointments.
    • Sight problems: Guide dog is encouraged to be present during stay as well as family members
    • Learning disabilities: Family members encouraged to stay
    • Autism spectrum: Family members encouraged to stay
  • Interpreting service
    • If English is not a fluent language for you and you would like an interpreter to help you during your visit to the hospital, contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Services and they will be able to help you.
    • Can book face-to-face interpreter or use of telephone interpretation services.
  • 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

    8.7/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Staff

    8.9/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    8.0/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 6 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01768 245558
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
  • 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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