Withybush Hospital, Haverfordwest

Hywel Dda University Health Board

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Withybush Midwife 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 small unit

190

births from Apr 2015 to Apr 2016

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3

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: Massage available.
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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    • Optimum fetal positioning, relaxation and active birth advice
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 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
  • Other: Radios in all rooms, mood lighting

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
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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 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 4.

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

A team of midwives will look after you throughout your pregnancy, during labour and after your baby is born. We do strive to provide continuity of care during the antenatal and postnatal period.

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.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • 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 41+5 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
      • Can be Group B Step positive if no other risk factors
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Hywel Dda University Local Health Board
      • 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 an individual care plan to suit your needs, based on giving birth in the consultant-led unit at Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen
      • Hearing problems: You will have an individual care plan to suit your needs, based on giving birth in the consultant-led unit at Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen
      • Sight problems: You will have an individual care plan to suit your needs, based on giving birth in the consultant-led unit at Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen
      • Learning disabilities: You will have an individual care plan to suit your needs, based on giving birth in the consultant-led unit at Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen
      • Autism spectrum: You will have an individual care plan to suit your needs, based on giving birth in the consultant-led unit at Glangwili General Hospital in Carmarthen
    • Interpreting service
      • Language Line or Hywel Dda staff if available
      • Multi-language media available
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Vulnerable women
      • Flying Start midwives to provide extra support for disadvantaged families.

    General information

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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via local surgery
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 12 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01437 773306
      • If in labour call: 01437 773306
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting for partners and children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • Free parking
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