Liverpool Women's Hospital

Liverpool Women's 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

8500

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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15

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
    • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 15 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 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 not 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 4-24 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 4 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.

We currently have a traditional model of hospital and community based services.

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: Merseyside
      • 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: Risk assessment is performed on each visit
      • Hearing problems: Usually a plan of care is put in place antenatally
      • Sight problems: Usually a plan of care is put in place antenatally
      • Learning disabilities: Usually a plan of care is put in place antenatally
      • Autism spectrum: Usually a plan of care is put in place antenatally
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreting services are available 24/7. Interpreters are arranged to come in to hospital. Out of hours language line is available
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Comfortable in an otherwise stressful situation

      The staff have always, Always made me feel comfortable, in what would otherwise be a stressful situation. Thank you

      by hadarbc79, 16 Nov 2018

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    • All I can say is wow

      Our first child was born in the women's last night. The delivery suite was spacious, clean and tidy. Nothing was too much trouble for the midwifes. (we had 2 as was in labour for 24 hours). The...

      by Anonymous, 01 Nov 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

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.9/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours can booked through Antenatal parent education programmes
    • 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
      • There are no facilities nearby so make sure to bring your own refreshments.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 77.0 hours per week (45.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0151 247 4747
      • If in labour call: 0151 702 4413
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners and support people can visit maternity patients between 11am and 8pm. Visiting times for all other visitors are between 2.30pm and 3.30pm and in the evening between 6.30pm and 8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance
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