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​Maternity Unit

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.

We actively encourage partners to stay overnight postnatally as we have a number of single rooms with a recliner or sometimes a bed for partners to sleep on. Unfortunately partners are not able to stay overnight in multi-occupancy rooms​.

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

Antenatal Screening

Antenatal Education

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

Student Midwives

Arriving at the Maternity Unit

Labour and Your Care

Midwives and Community Visits

Newborn Hearing Screening

Further information:

​​Ultrasound scans​

Information Leaflets (in a printable format)

Baby Loss Support

Postnatal and Antenatal Depression Support Group

Which? Birth Choice website - DCH page

Useful links