Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

Heart Of England NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit

6100

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

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
  • 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
    • A community midwife may be able to visit you at home in early labour.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There is limited space for birth supporters but they can swap places
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • This depends on availability and can only be booked on the day
  • 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 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 be looked after by a small team of midwives for antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care.

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: Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Warwick.
      • 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: you will be individually assessed. Wheelchairs available and assistance from maternity support workers.
      • Hearing problems: text service on one to one basis. We use BSL.
      • Sight problems: care will be based on individual assessment.
      • Learning disabilities: you will have an individualised care plan. We have a learning disability pathway.
      • Autism spectrum: you will have an individualised care plan.
    • Interpreting service
      • Contact 0121 424 1331 ext. 1319 for Interpreting Services. <br> Interpreters in Mirpuri, Punjabi, Urdu, Sylheti and Bengali are available Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm. Other languages: 24 hours notice is needed.
      • limited written information in other languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Homeless, asylum and migrant women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Care after c-section

      I had an emergency c-section and the care after on the ward was excellent. From the moment I entered the ward there was always someone around to help me. The advice I got was vital for being...

      by Anonymous, 27 Jan 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • 24 week diminished movement worries

      I arrived at the unit and was seen within minutes of arrival. Whilst I was waiting I was left very reassured and comfortable. Tracy came in and saw me, she made me feel very relaxed and listened in...

      by AnnaGW, 27 Dec 2017

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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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.2/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • You can book a tour through the community 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.
      • Private consultant care is available.
    • 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 machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 112.0 hours per week (66.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0121 424 2682
      • If in labour call: 012 1424 3514
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • The policy is the same as the postnatal ward.
      • 8am to 10pm Siblings only, no other children
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Parking
      • First 30 mins: free 1 hour: £2.75 2 hours: £3.75 4 hours: £4.75 24 hours: £10.20
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