Northampton General Hospital

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Sturtridge (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
    • Home visit and support. Hospital admission is not advised in early labour but there are rooms available and accommodation where partners can stay to support if needed. You can also go to the birth centre if you are low risk of complications.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There is flexibility but the birthing rooms could easily become overcrowded if there are too many people in them.
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £73 per night- subject to availability and clinical needs of other women.
  • 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 4-24hours 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

You will have a named midwife.
You will be looked after by different midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.
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: Northamptonshire
      • 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: general disability: contact 0160 454 4516 for patient information in a special format.
      • Hearing problems: individual care plans and support provided.
      • Sight problems: individual care plans and support provided.
      • Learning disabilities: individual care plans and support provided, "Chit Chat" group.
      • Autism spectrum: individual care plans and support provided.
    • Interpreting service
      • Email to request translations of services.
      • contact 0160 454 4516 for patient information in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Learning disability

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Giving Birth at NGH

      I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on the maternity ward at NGH as I feel not enough people leave good reviews and take NHS services for granted when everything goes well.. I gave birth to...

      by AZM, 11 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • My birth and antenatal care

      I'm so glad I chose to have my first child under the care of NGH, wish I could give more stars. I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia towards the end of my pregancy and was in and out of the...

      by Natabrig, 13 Feb 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
    • 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 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0788 756 6489
      • If in labour call: 0160 4545 058
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a patient sitting room and courtyard accessible from Maternity Observation area.
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • Balmoral and Robert Watson Ward:
        Partners: 10am-10pm
        Other visitors: 3.30-7.30pm
        Maternity Observation Ward:
        Partners: 10am-10pm
        Other visitors: 4.30-6.30pm
        Room C: Only your partner may visit.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • No special arrangements but 30 minute grace for bringing women into the labour ward.
      • drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • Costs vary but a weekly pass is available for visitors £10.00 per week.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
      • Reason for closure: 6-12hours due to a large number of women giving birth at the time.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward, The Labour Ward, The Delivery Suite
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