Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Last updated: 31 May 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 tiny unit

310

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
  • 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 16 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 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
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6 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 6.

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

Consultant led care and Midwife Led Care options are available. Three community midwifery teams provide antenatal and 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: The Region of Northern Ireland
      • 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: The Unit is situated directly adjacent to the carpark. There are ramps at the entry to the Unit. The doors of the Antenatal Clinic are touch access, there are mobility aids e.g. wheelchairs and a specially designed large ensuite birthing room for women with limited mobility.
      • Hearing problems: The Sensory Support Team provide social work, technical aid and rehabilitation for service users with hearing loss, sight loss or dual sensory loss from age 18 upwards living in Belfast.
      • Sight problems: The Sensory Support Team provide social work, technical aid and rehabilitation for service users with hearing loss, sight loss or dual sensory loss from age 18 upwards living in Belfast.
      • Learning disabilities: The Belfast Trust provides a range of disability services in the community, at home and in hospitals. We work closely with the NOW group.
      • Autism spectrum: We work closely with the NOW group.
    • Interpreting service
      • Belfast Trust provides a Regional Interpreting service NIHSCIS whose primary aim is to significantly improve access to health and socil care for service users who do not speak English as a first or competent second language.
      • Provision of information leaflets and resources in other languages. We use Easy Read for books, leaflets and documents.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Birth Choices (women with previous Caesarean Section/traumatic birth), smoking cessation

    General information

    • Tours
      • Women can book a tour by contacting the antenatal education team or the freestanding midwifery led care unit directly.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • 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 machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 92.0 hours per week (54.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0289 063 2496
      • If in labour call: 0289 063 5291
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • 3-4pm and 7-8pm (Can be flexible for partners).
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • £1 (Maximum £5 for 24 hours)
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