Birth centres, also known as Midwife Led Birthing Units, are staffed by midwives and midwifery support workers where the emphasis is on creating a calm 'home-from-home' environment, which can enable you to be more comfortable with your surroundings during labour.
Birth pools are available and encouraged.
Epidurals are not administered in a birthing centre.
Birthing Centres are available at;
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Queen Elizabeth King's Lynn Hospital
James Paget University Hospital
Are birthing centres for me?
If you are having a straightforward pregnancy, birth centres are just as safe for babies as hospital delivery suites and significantly safer for the mum because the chance of needing a caesarean section or other medical interventions is much lower. For example, women who start their labour in the birth centre are 50 percent less likely to have a caesarean birth. This applies even if the mother transfers from the birth centre to a hospital during labour. If a problem occurs during labour, the mother will be transferred to a hospital delivery suite, accompanied by her midwife.
Who Can Help?
If you feel worried or want more advice you can speak to your midwife.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by callingJust One Numberon0300 300 0123or textingParentlineon07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on07480 635060for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.