All posts filed under: maternity units

Birth at The QE Maternity Unit

  Queen Elizabeth Maternity Unit, Queen Elizabeth Ave, Gateshead NE9 6SX This maternity unit has… A  pregnancy assessment centre 6 labour rooms  – which are ensuite 2 Induction rooms and a family suite 1 birthing pool Gas & air Diamorphine Epidural Birth balls and birth equipment A Febromed birth system 16 postnatal beds, which includes ensuite single rooms where birthing partners can stay overnight Jungle Room – space for toddlers and other children to play while visiting in the postnatal ward Postnatal day room   My thoughts on the QE Maternity Unit… I used to teach antenatal classes at The QE and I have also attended births here as a birth doula – so it has been very familiar to me. I have always been impressed by the midwives as well as the layout of the unit. It has a birthing pool, as well as a Febromed system and birth aids such as birth balls and floor mats so it supports and encourages normal birth, movement and gravity. As a obstetric maternity unit, women can also access epidurals, …

Giving birth at the RVI

Royal Victoria Infirmary, Leazes Wing, Richardson Road, Newcastle NE1 4LP The maternity unit has: 12 labour rooms Epidural Gas & Air Diamorphine 1 birth pool Birth balls and birthing equipment Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair Doctors and anaesthetists are available Special Care Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are available for babies who need extra care and medical support   My thoughts on the RVI Maternity Unit… It’s a great unit and it is used by pregnant women who may need more medical observation and monitoring or who may feel more secure having access to epidurals and interventions. Like any maternity unit, it will receive some criticisms but the feedback I usually receive from parents is very positive, with mention of individual care and flexibility. It is a busy unit so 1:1 midwifery care cannot always be guaranteed but it always worth asking if your midwife can provide it. You may need to be assertive on the postnatal ward if you need support from a midwife. This is a …

Northumbria Birthing Centre

  Northumbria Birthing Centre NSECH, Northumbria Way, Cramlington NE23 6NZ   Northumbria Birthing Centre has: 14 labour rooms Epidural Gas & air Diamorphine 2 birth pools Febromed birthing equipment Birth balls & birthing stools Private ensuite rooms and dads can stay – there are reclining chairs for dads to use Special Care Baby Unit for babies who need some extra care Doctors and anaesthetists are available   My thoughts about Northumbria Birthing Centre… The feedback I receive from parents is overwhelmingly positive with comments about good care and experiences. The niggles and slightly negative comments I hear could be attached to any maternity unit – conflicting information, unhelpful comments from some staff members – so it pays to be as assertive as possible, to get the information and the support you need and find most helpful. I like that there are pools, febromed and other birthing equipment – it shows some thought into making labouring women comfortable and encouraging movement as well as different ways to manage and work with the contractions. And it makes a …