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Delivery Suite - Labour Ward

The Delivery Suite (or Labour Ward) is both for healthy women and those with complications who may require more support during labour and birth.

Julie's Experience

"Thanks to the entire labour ward who made the birth of my baby a joyous and pleasant experience. I received care which was of the highest standard and everyone in the team were compassionate, caring and always went the extra mile to make sure the experience was good"


Care is provided by a team of healthcare professionals, including midwives and nurses, obstetricians, anaesthetists, paediatricians and support workers. All members of the team will ensure the focus is on respecting your individual preferences. We promote normality and you are encouraged to participate fully in your care, with support from your birthing partners.

You will find below more information about the Delivery Suite and the link to the online tour. Or alternatively ask your midwife.

You would give birth on the Delivery Suite if you:

  • Have medical or obstetric complications
  • Have had complications in a previous pregnancy or birth
  • Go into labour before 37 weeks
  • Require Induction of Labour (IOL)
  • Need a Caesarean Section for medical or obstetric reasons
  • Choose to have your baby on the Labour Ward
  • Would like an epidural

Pain relief options:

  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator (TENS)
  • Hydrotherapy (pool)
  • Entonox
  • Pethidine
  • Epidural

You can find out more information about pain relief in labour in our leaflet on Obstetric Anaesthetist Information for Mothers.

Transfer from Delivery Suite

After a normal birth transfer usually occurs within two hours, if both you and your baby are well you may be discharged home directly from delivery suite.

If you need to be monitored closely following the birth e.g. after caesarean section (typically 4hrs) you will be transferred to our High Dependency Unit prior to going to the postnatal ward. Once you and your baby have recovered from the birth you will be moved to one of our postnatal wards.

Please be aware there is no visiting (other than your birth partner) on the delivery suite. If having a planned elective caesarean section, we would recommend family and friends not coming until the early evening.

Meals are available for mothers and special dietary requirements can be accommodated. Breakfast 8am, Lunch 12.30pm, Dinner 5.30pm.

Delivery suite Facilities

  • 8 birthing rooms all with en-suite, 1 pool room with waterproof mobile fetal monitoring
  • 4 bedded High Dependency Unit
  • 2 bedded recovery area
  • 2 Obstetric Theatres

Want to have a look?

Click here to watch our online tour.

Visiting times:
During labour - open visiting for 2 named birthing partners.
After the birth - open visiting for partners only after the birth.
15.00 – 20.00 - all others visitors after the birth in the postnatal wards (visitors must be over the age of 16 years)

Only mother’s own children are able to visit.

Meals are available for mothers and special dietary can be accomodated. Breakfast 8am, Lunch 12.30pm, Dinner 5.30pm.


Location : First floor of the Maternity Unit.

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