Watch a video about normal labour and
Labour in water has long been used as a method of pain relief.
Delivery underwater has increased in popularity in the last decade,
and we have pools at all our Birth Centres and in the Delivery
Suite at the Great Western Hospital.
Discuss with your Midwife who will assess your suitability for a
What to bring
You may wear a loose T-shirt if you wish.
Your local pool options
Birthing pools available at all units
If you decide to have your baby at the Princess Anne
Wing, Bath or Chippenham, Frome, Paulton, Shepton Mallett or
Trowbridge Birth Centres you will have the option of a Midwife
Our Midwife Ventouse Practitioners (MVPs) provide a service that
formerly was only available from a Doctor. Their philosophy is that
most women are able to give birth unaided, but that a few will
occasionally need assistance. They offer a service which is
speedy, safe and compassionate and have assisted hundreds of women
Midwife Ventouse Practitioners are available to help if you are
tiring at the end of labour, and/or if a baby's heart rate is
giving cause for concern in labour. If your cervix is fully
dilated, and the baby's head is almost visible, MVPs are able to
apply a soft suction cup (the ventouse cup) to the baby's head, and
gently pull as the mother pushes, to assist the baby into the
If there are any factors that are not completely
straightforward, e.g. if the baby's head is lying at an awkward
angle, a MVP will not perform the delivery, but will refer the you
to an Obstetrician.