Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

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 small 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
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 8 labour rooms
    • 0 Birth pool(s)
    • Birth partners
      • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time

    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 not available.
    • Provision for partners staying overnight
      • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • 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 8 and for postnatal appointments it's 8.

    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. You will be looked after by different teams of midwives for your antenatal care, during labour and for postnatal care. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

    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 who live in the boroughs of Monmouth, Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly. Obstetric lead women who live in Powys.
        • 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 wheelchair and lift service to all floors.
        • Hearing problems: Your needs will be individually assessed and support of an interpreter service given.
        • Sight problems: You will have an individualised plan of care depending on your needs.
        • Learning disabilities: Support from the Learning Disability team.
        • Autism spectrum: Care will be devised on an individual basis.
      • Interpreting service
        • 'TheLanguageLine' and interpreter booking available.
        • Leaflets provided in a range of languages.
      • Specialist midwifery teams
        • Antenatal Screening
        • Infant feeding
        • Perinatal mental health
        • Substance misuse
        • Vulnerable women

      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
        • Beechwood cafe provides hot food.
        • 24h cafe
      • 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: 01633 234234
        • If in labour call: 01633 234618
      • Outside space
        • There is no outside space available for women in labour
      • Visiting information
        • Open visiting to all
      • Car parking for women in labour
        • Drop off outside entrance, maximum 20 minutes stay.
      • Parking
        • Free parking
      • Temporary closures
        • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 5
        • Reason for closure: due to the increased number of patients, closed for 2 hours at a time.
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