City Hospital, Birmingham

Sandwell And West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Last updated: 05 Jun 2018

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 large unit

5800

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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12

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
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • This may depend on individual circumstances and availability of side rooms.
  • 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 6 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: No defined catchment area.
      • 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: midwives will meet with you to find out what help they can give you. A multi-professional team will meet to discuss the necessary arrangements to ensure safety throughout your care pathway.
      • Hearing problems: midwives will meet with you to work out the best plan of care.
      • Sight problems: midwives will meet with you to work out the best plan of care.
      • Learning disabilities: midwives will meet with you to work out the best plan of care.
      • Autism spectrum: midwives will meet with you to work out the best plan of care.
    • Interpreting service
      • Ask for one on booking your appointment. Staff can book an interpreter to visit a patient on a ward. There is also a telephone interpreting service.
      • video information
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Fetal medicine

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity ultrasound department

      I am currently 34 weeks pregnant and suffer from a uterus malformation. I have been to a private scan for growth on Tuesday the 6th of november and the sonographer from the private clinic informed...

      by Anonymous, 08 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Antenatal vs Postnatal care -Serenity Birthing Suite

      The experience I had at the serenity suite was beyond amazing. Given that this was my first child they were very helpful when it came to my labour pains and advised I go home during the earlier...

      by NewMum2018, 07 Aug 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

      8.8/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.1/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.1/10

      Worse compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • You can arrange a tour of the unit with your community/antenatal clinic midwife.
    • 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 140.0 hours per week (83.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0121 507 4181
      • If in labour call: 0121 507 4181
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Opening visiting for partners.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • drop off outside entrance
    • Parking
      • £2.60 for the first hour with an increase of 50p per hour; maximum cost is £5.10.
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