Wycombe Hospital

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

Wycombe 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.

a small unit

150

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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5

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
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 1 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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 available.
    • No charge - you will remain in your delivery room.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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 6-24 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 3.

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

You will usually see one midwife antenatally, although you may see others for antenatal classes or covering for holiday. It is also possible that you will see your named midwife when in labour and postnatally. Out of area women are usually cared for by their local named midwife during the pregnancy and postnatal period and by one of the birth centre midwives during labour.

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 18 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Buckinghamshire (excluding Milton Keynes) and Berkshire border women.
      • 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: There are disabled toilet facilities.
      • Hearing problems: Your needs will be individually assessed and there is a signer translation service.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed.
    • Interpreting service
      • You can request information in another language or format via emailing your name and phone number to pals@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk
      • Your needs will be individually assessed.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Consultant Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Member of staff at High Wycombe Hospital

      I have been dealing with Ms Gleen for the last few days. I would like to say how wonderful she has been and has gone above and beyond the call of duty in respect of my care. She has helped...

      by Mandy360, 08 Jun 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Are the phones working over there?

      In March I did my first pregnancy scan at the Antenatal Clinic in High Wycombe Hospital, and I've been suggested to do a blood test for down syndrome.At the end of the appointment I've been told...

      by Anonymous, 29 Mar 2018

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    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

      9.0/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • 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
      Book via your community midwife.
      Book directly from 8 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 01494 425520
      • If in labour call: 01494 425520
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting times.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • 30 mins free; 30 mins to 2 hours £3.50; Graduated up to £9 for 4-24 hours.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
      • Reason for closure: Once for 3 months due to an acute staffing shortage.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: Aylesbury Birth Centre
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