Walsall Midwifery Led Unit

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

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.

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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
    • 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
    • You are encouraged to go home if not in established labour.
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 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: 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
  • Other: Reflexology service

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 in a double bed
  • 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.

This unit is run by the community midwifery service and also a dedicated number of core staff so you will have continuity of care from the team. You may see a number of midwives but the staff will endeavour to keep you under the care of the core staff.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    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 37 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+2 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Some GPs in Willenhall that cannot refer to Walsall MLU.
      • 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: we have a portable ramp.
      • Hearing problems: interpreting service will be available.
      • Learning disabilities: we offer support and an individualised careplan for labour and delivery.
      • Autism spectrum: we offer support and an individualised careplan for labour.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting service available within the trust for face to face consultations, telephone conversations and also multilingual midwife support worker.
      • leaflets are available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • 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

      8.2/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.1/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Call the maternity unit or arrange with their community midwife.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Kitchen facilities with microwave
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0192 260 5420
      • If in labour call: 0192 260 5420
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Free parking for 1 car per woman and family
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit, designated amount of spaces in gated area.
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