The Maternity Unit has a happy, friendly atmosphere with enthusiastic midwives, doctors and care assistants. You will be assured of the warmest welcome if you come here for the birth of your baby.
The unit has 17 large birthing rooms, each with an en suite bathroom. Each room has lots of space, a comfy chair, a birthing ball, a floor mat and a choice of two beds—one ordinary bed and a birthing bed.
We believe in active, normal birth and we try to avoid electronic monitoring equipment of baby's well-being if at all possible. We do have a full-size birthing pool, which gets a lot of use.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) units are available in the unit and we have an epidural service and pharmacological methods of pain relief available.
Often, once the baby has been born, mum and baby stay together in the birth room until they go home. However, at busy times it becomes necessary for mothers and babies who are well to move into a room–share with up to three others.
We are very keen to promote breastfeeding and have received the ‘Baby Friendly’ award from
UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). All our staff are trained to support breastfeeding mothers.
Visiting hours: 2pm - 7pm. Partners and mother’s children welcome 9am – 9pm.
It is not generally possible for partners to stay in the unit overnight. However, partners of women in real labour or fathers of babies who are acutely ill will always be accommodated.
Head of Midwifery Services: Jo Hartley
Maternity Unit Direct Line: 01305 254267
Maternity Unit Videos
Our maternity staff have been involved in producing a collection of videos which give you an overview of our unit and a range of services and issues. Please click on the video below for a tour of the unit. Further videos on specific topics are available on our You Tube page, click on the links below:
Antenatal Day Assessment Unit
Diabetes and Pregnancy
Raised BMI Specialist Care
Specialist Services for Young Mums
Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Clinic
UNICEF Baby Friendly Award
Midwives and their Role
Consultants and their Role
Maternity Support Workers
Arriving at the Maternity Unit
Labour and Your Care
Midwives and Community Visits
Newborn Hearing Screening
Information Leaflets (in a printable format)
Baby Loss Support
Supervisors of Midwives
Which? Birth Choice website - DCH page