St Mary's Hospital, Manchester

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

The Delivery Unit

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


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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
    • You will go to the antenatal ward or the midwifery led unit.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 19 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £100
  • 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 0-4 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 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

In general, there are one or two midwives covering each clinic to ensure continuity of care. There is a small possibility that you may meet more than one midwife.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Central Manchester
      • 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: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team
      • Hearing problems: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team
      • Sight problems: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team
      • Learning disabilities: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team
      • Autism spectrum: 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team
    • Interpreting service
      • Interpreters are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for all women including those seen in the community setting
      • 1:1 care pathway involving multidisciplinary team
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Medical conditions

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • My C-section

      Went in labour but baby lifted his head! ! I was left begging for an epidural for over 40 minutes because of a staff change over but was taken to theatre to have the anaesthetic epidural that...

      by JJCOER, 09 Nov 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Rude staff and cleaners only empty bins

      Staff are very rude and talk to you like you are nothing. They forget that they are there getting paid because of patients. Stayed in a post natal ward midwives are always rushing to and fro, they...

      by Anonymous, 30 Sep 2017

      Read on Care Opinion

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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
      • 24h cafe
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 168.0 hours per week (100%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0161 276 6423
      • If in labour call: 0161 276 6567
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • hospital grounds
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Open visiting for partners or named other from 8am-8pm. Visiting hours for other visitors are 10am-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 0-30 minutes: free. 30 minutes- 3 hours: £2.50. 3-6 hours: £5.00. 6-24 hours: £15.00.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: due to the number of women giving birth, closed for a few hours.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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