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Kingston maternity service offers women three choices of location to birth their baby. Our midwife-led unit is a popular alongside Birth Centre, with more than 10 years of offering healthy women a relaxed environment equiped with facilities and birth aids to support normal labour and birth.
"Our midwives were so kind and caring. They put us at ease and ensured we had the birth we were hoping for."
Labour care and support is provided by a small team of experienced midwives, supported by maternity support workers. We believe in listening to women and their partners, and by working in partnership to ensure physiological birth is facilitated, care is safe and the birth experience is optimised.
We encourge women to plan to birth on the Birth centre if they have a healthy pregnancy, a normal delivery is planned and labour is spontaneous (happens on its own) after 37 weeks. You do not need to book to have your baby on the Birth centre, this decision can be made at any time, even at the start of labour. During pregnancy a midwife or obstetrician will have an individualised discussion regarding your birth plan, which will include a recommendation regarding place of birth.
Some women may have additonal needs in pregnancy or factors present that may mean extra consideration is needed when planning location of birth and care in labour. In these circumstances, women who believe Birth Centre is the best location for them, will have an a discussion and birth plan with a consultant midwife (this can be arranged through the antenatal midwife).
A large English study found that birth outcomes for healthy women who labour and birth on a midwife led unit were better, with less intervention and a greater chance of experiencing a normal delivery. Women who start their labour on a midwife led unit and susequently transfered to the labour ward equally appear to have improved outcomes.
The online tour is a useful tool to view the birth environment.
Choosing the Birth centre
Birth Centre facilities
What pain relief is available?
Your birth preferences are important to us and you will be supported in your chosen method of pain relief and your own coping mechanisms for labour and birth. Commonly used options include: breathing techniques, hypnobirthing, active birth, mobilising, TENS machines (you will need to provide your own), entonox (gas and air), pethidine, birthing pools for labour and birth. There is no epidural service on the Birth Centre. In the event that you wish to have an epidural, we will arrange transfer to the Labour Ward which is located on the same floor.
What happens when I go into labour?
Contact our midwives in triage on 0208 934 2802. A Midwife will ask you some questions about your labour and advise you what to do next. There is no need to book a room.
What happens if my labour or birth doesn’t go to plan?
Malden suite is located a short distance from labour ward and theatres. There is timely access to a team of doctors including Obstetricians, Paediatricians and Anaesthetists dependant on need.
After birth and going home
Partners are welcome to stay in hospital for the duration of the stay. The postnatal rooms are equipped with reclining chairs for sleeping overnight.
The midwife will discuss an individual discharge plan soon after birth. Many women choose to return home within a few hours of birth, the average length of stay on birth centre is 6 hours
If you or your baby develop complications and need a longer stay there are postnatal beds available for you on the Maternity Unit.
They are available for mothers and special dietary requirements can be accomodated. Breakfast 8am, Lunch 12.30pm, Dinner 5.30pm.