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Birth Centre at St Helier Hospital

Birth Centre

  • Specialisation: The Birth Centre is located next to the main delivery suite and provides midwifery-led care for women who have a normal pregnancy and who wish to give birth naturally with minimal intervention.
  • Location: St Helier Hospital
  • Telephone number: 020 8296 2050/3157

Location

Second floor, Women's Health (E block)

Postal address to write to patients

Birth Centre
St Helier Hospital
Wrythe Lane
Carshalton
Surrey
SM5 1AA

Key staff

  • Head of Nursing: Marion Louki (Head of Midwifery)
  • Ward Manager: Emilie Lacquement
  • Other key staff: Eleanor Hourihan, Senior Midwife

Ward routine

  • Ward rounds:

    Experienced midwives provide individualised one-to-one midwifery care to women and their families in a supportive ‘home from home’ environment. Women will be transferred to obstetric-led care should a deviation from normal occur.

  • Breakfast: 7.30am - 8.30am (flexible)
  • Lunch: 12noon - 1pm
  • Dinner: 5pm - 6pm
  • Drinks and snacks are provided as required

Facilities on the ward

  • Number of inpatient beds: 4 single rooms with ensuite facilities (toilet/shower)
  • Single/mixed sex: This ward is for women only. Patients will have their own bedroom and bathroom.
  • Other facilities: All four rooms have ensuite shower facilities with a toilet. Three of the rooms are equipped with birthing pools, and furnished with natural birthing equipment; birth balls, birthing couch, floor mats. All rooms have specialist LED mood-lighting. A digital radio with iPod docking station is available.

Visiting the ward and restrictions for visitors

  • Visiting hours: Birth partners are welcome during labour, and there is also the facility for birth partners to stay in the postnatal room (if available). Other visitors can visit in the postnatal period from 8am to 8pm.
  • Other restrictions for visitors:

    Only the mother's own children may visit at any time, in order to reduce infection risks.

    Read more about protected mealtimes (see In the hospital) and privacy and dignity in our hospitals. Please observe the no smoking policy in all hospital buildings and on the hospital grounds (including car parks).

Restrictions for patients

  • Can I receive flowers?: Yes
  • What you cannot bring or use at this ward:

    Generally, we cannot allow you to bring your own electrical equipment like TV sets or toasters.

Additional information

  • Going home:

    It is possible to be transferred home to the care of the community midwives and your GP within six hours of giving birth, if both you and your baby are well. The birth centre midwives will discuss all discharge arrangements with you.

  • Good to know:

    The birth centre provides a service that is safe, respectful of each woman's individual wishes, and friendly. We encourage and support women to have choice and control over their birth experience, in partnership with the midwife. There are three birthing rooms with bespoke birthing pools which can be used for labour and birth. The midwives are experienced in supporting women who choose to use hydrotherapy. There are pain relief options available in the birth centre, which include massage, mobilising, hydrotherapy (birthing pool and shower), entonox (gas and air), pethidine (opiate injection). Some women may also choose to use breathing and hypnobirthing techniques. In addition, TENS machines can be hired (not available within the birth centre for hire, please discuss with your midwife). If women choose the option of an epidural a transfer to the main delivery suite will be necessary, although one to one supportive midwifery led care can significantly reduce the need for an epidural. If complications arise during labour or birth, care would be transferred to the medical and midwifery team on the adjoining delivery suite. We welcome women and their birth partners to take the opportunity to book a tour of the birth centre to gain further information and discuss options.

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