Delivery suite

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 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 to have a caesarean section
  • 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 here.

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.

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

You are welcome to have 2 named birthing partners with you during labour. Should transfer to theatre be necessary then you will only be able to have one with you. Please be aware that all other visitors will need to wait until you are transferred to the postnatal ward areas. If you are having a planned caesarean section, we would recommend family and friends not coming to the maternity unit until early evening.


Meals are available for mothers only.

Breakfast 08:00.

Lunch      12:30.

Dinner     17:30.

Special dietary requirements are able to be accommodated.

Location : First floor of the Maternity Unit.

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