Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Aylesbury Labour Ward

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a medium unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

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
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward.
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • 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 antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 0 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The recommended number of birth supporters is 2, however requests for more than 2 are considered on an individual basis and accepted if in the best interests of the mother. This would be limited to a maximum of 3 birth supporters at any one time.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Aromatherapy service when the specially trained midwives are on duty.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £195 for ensuite rooms. £85 for a single room without ensuite.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • A decision about whether a partner can stay overnight is made on an individual basis.
  • 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 6-24 hours after the birth
  • 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 have a named midwife. You will be looked after by the same team of midwives for antenatal and postnatal care, and different midwives during labour. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Buckinghamshire (excluding Milton Keynes).
      • 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 undertake a mobility assessment in the antenatal period and make subsequent appropriate arrangements.
      • Hearing problems: Your needs will be individually assessed and there are also British Sign Language interpreters available.
      • Sight problems: Your needs will be individually assessed.
      • Learning disabilities: Your needs will be individually assessed and there is also a specialist midwifery team for vulnerable women.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed and there is a specialist midwifery team for vulnerable women.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are available for antenatal appointments. Telephone and British Sign Language interpreters can be accessed at any time as needed.
      • Maternity information available in other languages by calling 01296 316042.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • VBAC pathway; Consultant Midwife

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Labour and after care

      We tried for a really long time to have a baby , nearly 7 years , it almost seems impossible until I fell pregnant last August , it was a miracle . The pregnancy went smoothly although I did have...

      by H-ash, 23 Jul 2019

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    • 6 day stay after having baby

      18 months ago I was examined in the claydon annex for pcos and told my chances of falling pregnant naturally were slim. Within 6 months we found that we had fallen pregnant naturally, the pregnancy...

      by Anonymous, 19 Apr 2019

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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.

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    General information

    • Tours
    • Breech baby
      • If your baby is breech you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Local neonatal unit (LNU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area, except for those who are critically ill and need intensive care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 100.0 hours per week (59.5%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01296 316120
      • If in labour call: 01296 316103
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners can stay overnight with women.
      • Partners: 9am-9pm (flexible). Other visitors: 3-9pm. Only 2 visitors are permitted at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay.
    • Parking
      • 30 mins free; then from £3.50 (for 30 mins-2 hours), graduated up to £9 (4-24 hours).
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