St John's at Howden, Livingston

Lothian

Last updated: 06 Sep 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 small unit

2600

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

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9

Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Special Care Unit (SCU)

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
    • 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
    • Arrangements depend on womans choice/birth plan
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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
  • Other: The use of peanut gymballs.

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
  • 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.

One to one care is provided in labour.

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: West Lothian
      • 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: elevators available, parking available near to maternity entrance.
      • Hearing problems: computer communication aid.
      • Sight problems: yellow signage.
      • Learning disabilities: support from Family Nurse Partnership or social worker.
      • Autism spectrum: support from Family Nurse Partnership or social worker.
    • Interpreting service
      • Telephone service or face to face interpreting available.
      • communication cards and selection of leaflets in different languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Metabolic clinic, FGM clinic, VBAC clinic, BBV clinic, combined obstetric/haematlology clinic, fetal medicine team.

    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
      • Special care unit (SCU) provides neonatal care for babies in the local area who need extra support but who don't require high dependency care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
      • 24h cafe
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 84.0 hours per week (50%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      • Booking phone number: 0131 536 2009
      • If in labour call: 01506 524125
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Maximum 3 visitors per bed at specified visiting times which are between 2-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Currently in a temporary labour ward with no dedicated parking for women in labour - drop off is possible.
      • Drop off outside maternity entrance
    • Parking
      • There is no charge in the hospital car park
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 24
      • Reason for closure: High activity and short staffing are usual reasons for closure. Average 2-6 hrs. 5 occasions more than 6hrs, maximum 14hrs on one occasion.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Suite
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