Antrim Area Hospital

Northern Health and Social Care Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Labour Ward

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a medium unit

3000

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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
    • 7 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: 1

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 available.
    • £26
  • 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 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.

to all women who have low risk pregnancy, shared care and consultant-led services are provided by a number of professionals including your GP, Midwife and Consultant Obstetrician. The place of birth is dependent on individual assessment.

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: This unit provides a comprehensive range of health and social care services to a population of almost 436,000 people across a geographical area of 1,733 square miles spanning four new council areas e.g. Antrim and Newtownabbey District, Causeway Coast and Glens District, Mid and East Antrim District and Mid Ulster District
      • 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: There is the ability to park at main entrance, lift and level access to all wards & departments
      • Hearing problems: Care plan devised antenatally to address needs
      • Sight problems: Care plan devised antenatally to address needs
      • Learning disabilities: Care plan devised antenatally to address needs
      • Autism spectrum: Care plan devised antenatally to address needs
    • Interpreting service
      • The Northern Trust believes that everyone should have equal access to health and social care services, including those whose first language is not English. The Trust provides comprehensive and professional interpreting services either over the phone or in person, including British Sign Language support, all Trust staff can access interpreters
      • Number of information leaflets in other languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Clinical Risk Midwife

    General information

    • 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
      • Vending machine and tea/coffee with toast facilities
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 40.0 hours per week (23.8%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your community midwife
      Via your GP
      • If in labour call: 028 9442 4345
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There are extensive grounds around the main hospital which is free to access for you and your partner if appropriate
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting as for postnatal ward
      • Partners are welcome to the ward from 10am onwards; there may be times they will be asked to leave the ward for periods mainly at rest period which is 1 - 2.30 pm and also at the discretion of the staff. 3 - 4.30 pm is open visiting, please be mindful that it is strictly two visitors per bed and that only children of the mother are permitted into the ward. 6.30 - 8.30 pm is open visiting. At 9pm partners will be encouraged to go home
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 10 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • Displayed in all car parks
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