St Michael's Hospital, Bristol

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Central Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a large unit

5150

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 22 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • 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
    • Rocking chair

    After you've given birth

    • Private postnatal rooms
      • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Your stay after you've given birth
      • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • 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 4.

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

    Women who live at the same address antenatally and postnatally will see the same group of midwives. At weekends it may be a midwife from another area.

    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?

      • Catchment area
        • Women who live within the catchment area: Bristol, north Somerset and south Gloucestershire

      Support services

      • Accessibility
        • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Interpreting service
        • 'thebigword' interpreting service
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Diabetes
        • Infant feeding
        • Substance misuse
        • Teenage pregnancy

      Women's experiences

      Reviews of this hospital

      Source: Care Opinion
      • Letter of thanks

        I am writing to express my deepest gratitude to your team at St Michaels Maternity hospital for delivering our Baby I am in awe of the professionalism, competence and kindness of your midwifery...

        by Anonymous, 24 Oct 2018

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      • Fantastic experience

        I had my daughter here. It was a bit of a traumatic birth ehich ended in c-section. The staff wete fantastic and made me feel relaxed. The kept me informed about everything and made sure I had a...

        by Anonymous, 27 Apr 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

        9.3/10

        Better compared with other trusts

      • Staff

        9.2/10

        Better compared with other trusts

      • Care in hospital after birth

        7.8/10

        Better compared with other trusts

      General information

      • Tours
        • Ring 0117 342 5241 or 0117 342 5758 between 10am and 12-noon (Monday to Friday) to book the tour for yourself and one birth partner (children are not allowed).
      • Non-NHS Care
        • Private maternity care isn't available here.
      • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Neonatal care
        • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
      • Food for partners out-of-hours
        • Vending machines are situated across the site.
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      • Contact information
      • How to book once you're pregnant
        • Booking phone number: 0117 342 5241
      • Visiting information
        • Partner and own children (9am - 9pm) Other visitors (3pm - 5:30 pm, 7pm - 8:30 pm). Visitors under the age of 12 (except your own children) are not allowed onto the wards.
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • drop off outside entrance
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