We are a team of health professionals who care for you during
your labour and delivery but we also care for you if you have a
caesarean section, an assisted delivery or a more complex
pregnancy. Our team consists of
Additional members of our team include health professionals in
training such as Midwives, Medical Students, and Paramedics. We
will always ask your permission for students (under the supervision
of a qualified member of staff) to participate in the care we
provide for you and we will respect your choice if you do not
"We aim to provide a relaxed and friendly environment, pleasant
to the women and their birth partners in our care, which promotes
privacy, maintains dignity and is sensitive to individual needs and
Our individualised and holistic approach, enhanced through
continued education, ensures a safe standard of care, which
optimises the well being of mother and baby.
Parents are invited to complete a birth plan, which incorporates
their own perceived needs during labour. No changes are made to
this without sensitive and adequate explanation and most
importantly, the mother's consent.
Ultimately, we strive to make the birthing experience a happy
and memorable occasion. "
We have 12 en-suite delivery rooms, two admission rooms and two
maternity theatres which are fully equipped with modern equipment
to care for both you and your baby. Each delivery room has an
electronic delivery bed which can be adjusted to support several
different positions for labour and delivery.
We also have a large birthing pool and all our Midwives are
trained to provide safe care for labour and birth in the pool. If
you would like a water-birth or to use the pool during your labour,
you should inform staff when you arrive as the pool will take
approximately one hour to fill due to its size.
Our policy relating to which patients are able to use the
birthing pool safely is dictated by relevant recent research in
this area. There may be some women who, for medical reasons, will
be advised that a water-birth may not be appropriate for them. In
these circumstances it is advisable to discuss your birth plan with
your community midwife initially. The Midwife looking
after you in Delivery Suite will discuss the use of the pool and
the policy with you on an individual basis.
You can have two adult birthing partners of your choice with you
while you are in the Delivery Suite.
Due to the nature of the unit, all other visiting is restricted
and is at the discretion of the Midwife responsible for the woman's
care and the Delivery Suite Co-ordinator. The Delivery Suite is not
considered a suitable environment for children and only in
exceptional circumstances will children be admitted.
The Delivery Suite is a secure unit. All
visitors need to use the intercom system on the wall outside the
door to gain access. Please ensure that all visitors know the full
name of the person they are visiting, otherwise access may be
denied. Electronic baby tagging is in operation on the Delivery
Suite. All babies, when delivered, wear a tag around their ankle.
Alarms sound if a baby is near an exit and staff are alerted to
ensure security for our babies.
In the interest of infection control, good hand washing
practices are promoted for all staff, patients and visitors to the
unit. We require all visitors to wash their hands using the alcohol
gel located on the wall outside, before entering the unit. If there
are any patients or visitors with known allergies or skin
conditions where this may not be appropriate they are encouraged to
discuss this with the staff on the unit.
One of our patient's nominated one of our Midwives; Vivienne
Cutler for an award following the difficult delivery of her
stillborn daughter . Vivienne was named Johnson's Baby Mums'
Midwife of the Year for the South and Midlands in 2014.
GWH midwife wins JOHNSON'S® Baby Mums' Midwife of the Year Award
Our current project in Delivery Suite for 2014 is development of
a Bereavement Suite to provide improved facilities for women and
families who are experiencing a pregnancy loss.
If you require additional information relating to labour care or
facilities or have specific needs that you wish to discuss prior to
your baby's birth please discuss with your Community Midwife or
contact Delivery Suite Manager, Sandra Richards, 01793 604576