Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan, Ebbw Vale

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The 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.

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births from Apr 2015 to Apr 2016

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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
    • 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
    • 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 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.

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.
    • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
    • BMI between 18 and 30.0
    • Aged between 18 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 6 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: The main catchment area is the borough of Blaenau Gwent.
    • 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: easy access, ground floor birth centre.
    • Hearing problems: 'Loop' systems and interpreters are available.
    • Sight problems: provision is given depending on your individual needs.
    • Learning disabilities: provision is given depending on your individual needs.
    • Autism spectrum: provision is given depending on your individual needs.
  • Interpreting service
    • Interpreters are available through 'TheLanguageLine' system.
    • provision is given depending on your individual needs.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women

General information

  • Tours
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • Food for partners out-of-hours
    • Small beverage point on unit.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    • Booking phone number: 0149 536 3309
    • If in labour call: 0149 536 3309
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • You can use the gardens of the hospital.
  • Visiting information
    • You will go home within 2 hours of the birth, so there is limited opportunity for visitors.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • The main hospital car park is free
    • No special arrangements
  • Parking
    • Parking is free in line with national policy
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