Cowal Community Hospital


Freestanding Birth Centre

The Midwifery Led 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 very small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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
    • 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
    • 1 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Unless there are special circumstances, partners are asked to leave overnight
  • 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 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 6 and for postnatal appointments it's 6.

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

The midwife you book with will become your named midwife and be with you throughout the antenatal period. They will try to see you in the postnatal period but you are likely to be seen by other midwives as well.

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 16 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
  • Catchment area
    • Women who live within the catchment area: Women who live within the Cowal area.

Support services

  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
    • Limited mobility: The maternity unit is on the top floor of the building and is accessible by lift. Depending on your mobility, you may wish to consider giving birth in the consultant unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.
    • Hearing problems: British Sign Language/English interpreters to help with communication at antenatal appointments.
    • Sight problems: Home visits are offered if preferred.
    • Learning disabilities: There is literature available for mums with learning disabilities.
    • Autism spectrum: Liason with other services to provide a tailored and appropriate package of care.
  • Interpreting service
    • An interpreter can be arranged to be available for some of your antenatal appointments. As it more difficult to pre-arrange an interpreter for when you are in labour, there is phone service available.
    • Literature available in other languages.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Infant feeding

General information

  • Tours
    • Ask your named midwife to show you round the unit. If it's a busy day she will arrange a more suitable time for you.
  • 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.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    Book directly from 4 weeks of pregnancy
    • Booking phone number: 01369 706612
    • If in labour call: 01369 706612
  • Outside space
    • There is no outside space available for women in labour
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • Visiting hours are between 3-4pm and 7-8pm or by contacting the unit to arrange a more suitable time. Partners and other children are welcome to visit as they wish. However, individual circumstances will affect these times.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • No special arrangements
  • Parking
    • Free parking
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