Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

The Park Birth Centre

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
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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 be looked after by triage midwives (for early labour assessment), community midwives or on labour ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 9 labour rooms
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • 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
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Aromatherapy service is a holistic clinic for being overdue

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £157 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
    • There is limited accommodation for partners of women in labour and post delivery. There is accommodation for partners and women whose baby is in special care
  • 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
    • Women who have had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4 - 48 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 4 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.

Midwives work in an integrated way across the community and the hospital services which may allow you to be cared for by the same midwifery team during the antenatal, labour and postnatal period.

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: Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots and Fenland area
      • 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: All rooms and equipment including the beds are disability accessible
      • Hearing problems: Signing service and induction loop
      • Sight problems: individualised care plan
      • Learning disabilities: Individualised care plan
      • Autism spectrum: Individualised care plan
    • Interpreting service
      • Your midwife will arrange this if you let her know.
      • Individualised care plan
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Vulnerable women

    General information

    • Tours
      • Ring 01480 847429
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • 4D Private Scanning Service (NHS Scans are routinely available to all women)
    • 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
      • Vending machines out of hours
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 56.0 hours per week (33.3%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 01480 418784
      • If in labour call: 01480 847480
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Hospital grounds and other hospital facilities
    • Visiting information
      • 3 visitors at a time. Partners 9am to 1.30pm or 3.30pm to 10pm. Other visitors 6.30pm to 8pm. Only mothers' children allowed to visit.
      • Partner/Support Partner 9am-1.30pm, 3.30-10pm Other visitors 6.30pm - 8pm No visiting 1.30-3.30pm Only mothers' children allowed to visit
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Parking is free for women in labour.
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £2.50 flat rate.
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