Kettering General Hospital

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)
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100 percent one to one care in labour

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
  • Other: We offer telemetry monitoring of your baby's heart rate which means that you can remain active or even go into the pool whilst we continue to monitor your baby's heart rate.
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
    • Day room with facility to make drinks. Labour aids such as birthing balls available.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Dimmable mood lighting in the pool room

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 reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners are able to stay for cases of individual need.
  • 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 6-24 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 3 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 have a named midwife. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: All women within north and east Northants and Market Harborough. Overall anyone can elect to come to KGH to deliver as a choice.
      • 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: You will be referred to meet with a senior midwife to assess your individual needs. There are facilities to support you and partners are welcome to stay.
      • Hearing problems: Hearing Loop on delivery suite and wards and in outpatient and assessment areas. Would plan needs around woman and her family. Arrange access to staff who can use sign language.
      • Sight problems: Care is planned individually with you and your family. Posters and signs are in yellow and black, door frames are in contrast colours.
      • Learning disabilities: Care is based on individual needs. Partner or carer can stay overnight. Learning disability passport in place. Special small teams of midwives for vulnerable women enable 1-to-1 care throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
      • Autism spectrum: Care is based on individual needs. Partner or carer can stay overnight. Learning disability passport in place. Special small teams of midwives for vulnerable women enable 1-to-1 care throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.
    • Interpreting service
      • Individualised interpreter appointments can be booked or you can use our 'LanguageLine' service.
      • Various literature and information posters in available in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women
      • Caseload Midwives

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Brilliant maternity unit

      My waters broke at 30 weeks and I was admitted into hospital. The care I received by the midwifes was fantastic. I was then discharged under fetal health care and they were outstanding in looking...

      by Anonymous, 12 Jul 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • The midwifes were brilliant ?

      Couldn't ask for a nicer team of midwifes. They were very professional easy to talk to and made you feel looked after. Even though it was my second pregnancy they made the experience feel easier...

      by Anonymous, 11 Jun 2019

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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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • The virtual tour is recommended. However, you can visit and this is arranged on an individual basis with community midwife.
      • Take a virtual tour
    • 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
      • 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
      • On-site Costa Coffee and Amigo shop. There is also a Brewers Fayre and Subway within walking distance.
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 60.0 hours per week (35.7%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01536 492889
      • If in labour call: 01536 492878
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • There is a 'pocket park' within the grounds of the hospital and an outside area that can be accessed from the day room in delivery suite.
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners and own children: 8am-8pm. Other visitors: 3-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking outside the Rockingham wing for drop off. Once dropped off, cars need to be re-parked in main car parks. Concessions for maternity.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay
    • Parking
      • 2 hours £3.00, 2-4 hours £5.00, 4-8 hours £8.50, 8-24 hours £15.00
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