Macclesfield District General Hospital

East Cheshire NHS Trust

Macclesfield Birth Centre (labour ward)

Contact & visitor information

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

a very small 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
    • 5 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • If you have more than two birth partners they may be asked to change over periodically so the room is not too crowded.
    • 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £75-£200 per night
  • 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 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 4.

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

At East Cheshire NHS Trust team midwifery is in place. You will be seen by a small team of 4-6 midwives who will provide antenatal and postnatal care. Some women will be cared for in labour by their own team midwife.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: East Cheshire and surrounding areas
      • 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: Disabled access to bathrooms; cots which attach to the bed.
      • Hearing problems: There are who two midwives who can do sign language.
      • Sight problems: Leaflets in braille are available. You will received care individualised for your needs.
      • Learning disabilities: Leaflets in picture form are available regarding antenatal screening. You will receive care individualised to your needs, planned by a range of appropriate health professionals.
      • Autism spectrum: You will receive care individualised to your needs, planned by a range of appropriate health professionals.
    • Interpreting service
      • TheLanguageLine
      • Leaflets are available in alternative languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Vulnerable women
      • Any particular needs will be addressed by your own midwives

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Poor Midwifery communication

      Terrible support. Rude midwives who talk over you and show you no respect - and that is if you can ever get hold of anyone, normally it just goes to voicemail. Further to our first scan we...

      by Annoyedsecondtimemum, 11 Jul 2019

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    • Stay on Maternity and Special Care baby unit

      I came into the hospital for a planned cesarean section. The team carrying out my operation where amazing they supported me and my partner throughout offering constant reassurance even when things...

      by Anonymous, 20 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.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Telephone the labour ward or ask a parentcraft midwife
    • Breech baby
      • If your baby is breech you'll be encouraged to have a caesarean.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
        • You can have private antenatal or postnatal care to enhance NHS care
    • 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 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0162 566 1163
      • If in labour call: 0162 566 1140
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for postnatal ward.
      • Partners: 9am-11pm. Other visitors: 3-4pm and 7-8pm. Maximum three visitors only.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • £2.50 - £5.00 day/ £11 week
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
      • Reason for closure: Twice for a few hours due to a large number of babies in the Neonatal unit.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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