Balfour Hospital, Orkney

Orkney

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Maternity 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

110

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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4

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
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 0 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: 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
    • 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 camp bed/sofa
    • 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

    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 be looked after by a small team of midwives throughout your pregnancy, in labour and postnatally.

    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.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Orkney
      • 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 individually assessed.
      • Hearing problems: you will have your needs individually assessed.
      • Sight problems: you will have your needs individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have your needs individually assessed.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have your needs individually assessed.
    • Interpreting service
      • 'TheLanguageLine'
      • you will have your needs individually assessed and have access to written information in other languages.

    General information

    • Tours
      • A tour is included in antenatal education classes. Otherwise just phone the Maternity Unit
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • There are no facilities nearby so make sure to bring your own refreshments.
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Book directly from 6 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0185 688 8238
      • If in labour call: 0185 688 8238
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • General visiting 2-4pm and 7-9pm.
        Open visiting for partner and other children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • Free parking
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