Our ethos is one which puts women at the centre of their own care; supporting them in making decisions about how they want to give birth whilst ensuring safe and high quality care is maintained.
The labour ward is staffed by a team of experienced midwives and medical staff supported by other members of the multidisciplinary team including anaesthetists, paediatricians, midwifery assistants, theatre staff and ancillary staff including caterers housekeepers hygienist and domestics
We are a training hospital so both student midwives and medical students work in the unit.
Midwifery led care is promoted within the unit and women are able to use a birthing pool as well as several methods of relaxation including aromatherapy, birthballs, mats, TENS.
For women requiring additional pain relief, inhalation and injectable pain relief and epidural anaesthesia is available.
The 22 bedded unit includes:
- 15 birthing rooms
- 4 bedded recovery area
Visiting during labour
Two nominated labour partners (adults) can be present throughout labour.
For women who have an operative birth ie. caesarean section, one person may be present for theatre and the recovery time which is usually 4-6 hours.
Any special requests will need to be pre planned and pre discussed with the labour ward sister.