Birmingham Women's Hospital

Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust

Last updated: 06 Sep 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

7850

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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14

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
    • If you do stay you can have access to tens and birthing balls in the antenatal ward.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 14 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This limit is flexible, but this unit promotes labour and birth in a calm and quiet environment and having too many birth supporters can have a negative impact on labour.
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Please ask if any of the above is not immediately available.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
  • 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 Other after the birth
    • Women with an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-12 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 2.

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

Community midwives provide antenatal and postnatal care. The standard is for women to see no more than 2 midwives, however this is not always possible due to various reasons.

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: South Birmingham
      • 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 have an individual assessment to discuss what specific provisions might assist you.
      • Hearing problems: You will have an individual assessment to discuss what specific provisions might assist you.
      • Sight problems: You will have an individual assessment to discuss what specific provisions might assist you.
      • Learning disabilities: You will have an individual assessment to discuss what specific provisions might assist you.
      • Autism spectrum: You will have an individual assessment to discuss what specific provisions might assist you.
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters can be booked during working hours. 'TheLanguageLine' used outside of these hours or in an 'unplanned' situation.
      • A member of staff will be available to assist you or sometimes an interpreter can be arranged.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Homebirth team; fetal medicine

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Induction

      Complete joke !!! Due to my baby not growing at 37 weeks 6 days was told i need induction. Got booked in and put on the medication that starts your labour this was fri 11pm by sat 7pm my cervix was...

      by Anonymous, 23 Apr 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • From Birth to all care in Colposcopy

      I had my son at the Women’s 10 years ago and the experience was fantastic. The nurse spoke a little Urdu and was able to converse with my mother in law which we all remember well. Such wonderful...

      by Anonymous, 22 Apr 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    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

      7.1/10

      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
      • 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
      • Shop are available. Partners are also recommend to bring in snacks of their choice.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 108.0 hours per week (64.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0121 627 2651
      • If in labour call: 0121 472 3032
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Access to a garden, also a garden outside the hospital.
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for postnatal ward
      • Partners and siblings may visit from 9am-8pm. All other visitors: 3-4pm and 7-8pm. Only two visitors permitted at any one time.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Depends on length of stay. £2.10 for 1 hour.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 2
      • Reason for closure: for short periods due to a large number of women giving birth.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite, The Delivery Suite
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