Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Northumbria Birthing 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 medium unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
  • Birthing rooms
    • 14 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £72
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 6-12 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 5 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 different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: From the borders in Berwick in the north, to the border with Newcastle in the South. Also across to Hexham and Tynedale in the west of the county.
      • 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: hoists, wheelchairs, shower, wet room and height adjustable bed.
      • Hearing problems: signers available on request, use of Trust website tool Recite.
      • Sight problems: one-to-one care and braille leaflets. Information leaflets available in large type format.
      • Learning disabilities: support can be received via the lead practitioner in the Trust responsible for learning disabilities.
      • Autism spectrum: help may be provided by the multidisciplinary teams.
    • Interpreting service
      • Use of Pearl linguistics and Interpreting Translation Line (ITL).
      • provision of patient information leaflets, as well as the use of the Trust website tool Recite.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • amazing support OT

      I happened to have a bit of a traumatic birth as the little one just did not want to come out.,, but every staff member I met on the maternity ward was kind caring and very understanding. we got...

      by Anonymous, 17 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Fertility and maternity services

      Over 5yrs I've had hundreds of visits to surgeries and hospitals in the North East of England and Southern Scotland. My experiences have been almost 100% positive with many staff going the extra...

      by Girdy, 16 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


      Better compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      Better compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Call the Birthing Centre to book a tour.
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Restaurant facilities available 24 hrs.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 84.0 hours per week (50%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via community midwife
      Via your GP
      • If in labour call: 0191 607 2318
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • All rooms are single
      • Partners: Open visiting
        Children: 9am-8pm and 2-8pm
        All other visitors wishing to visit outside these hours is at the discretion of the senior midwife on duty.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £2.50 per 24 hours if the woman is in labour or being induced (with a permit from the maternity unit).
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