St Peters Hospital, Maldon

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

St Peter's Birthing 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 small unit

190

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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2

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
  • Other: Morphine
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 antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Home visits may be offered.
  • 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
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 0

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 in a room with you in a double bed
  • 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 3.

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

Named midwife in all clinics

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 20 and 35.0
    • Age of 16 and above
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Maternal diabetes and medical conditions requiring obstetric input in labour
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Mid-Essex
    • 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: unit on ground level.
    • Hearing problems: the hospital has hearing loops for deaf patients provided in all main areas of the hospital. Information available in special formats for the deaf.
    • Sight problems: information available in special formats for the blind.
    • Learning disabilities: there is help available for women with learning disabilities and a specialist Nurse for learning disability at MEHT.
    • Autism spectrum: Learning Disabilies policy
  • Interpreting service
    • Telephone interpreting service provided by 'TheBigWord'. For face-to-face interpreters ask for a fax booking form. BSL for hearing impairment.
    • picture aids are available.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women
    • Perineal trauma, tongue tie

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Maternity ward at st Peter's hospital maldin

    I really don't know where to start as I have soo many positive things to say about the staff at the maternity unit of st Peter's hospital ! My baby boy was born at this hospital yesterday and both...

    by Anonymous, 05 May 2017

    Read on Care Opinion
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

    8.7/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

  • Care in hospital after birth

    7.8/10

    About the same compared with other trusts

General information

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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Book directly from 6 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 0162 172 5305
    • If in labour call: 0162 172 5305
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Partners: Open visiting
      Other visitors: 2-4pm and 6.30-8.30pm
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
  • Parking
    • Free
  • Temporary closures
    • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 15
    • Reason for closure: Due to staffing issues.
    • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Birthing Unit, The Delivery Unit
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