The centre offers a relaxed atmosphere with a homely feel. We are a small unit, so we can provide attentive and personalised care. The centre is run by experienced midwives, which means there are no obstetricians (doctors specialising in pregnancy and birth) at Bournemouth Birthing Centre.
Our midwives are highly skilled in recognising and identifying any difficulties or problems. If there are any concerns during labour or following birth, you would be transferred to a consultant-led unit via ambulance, accompanied by your midwife. As there is no consultant-led unit at Bournemouth Hospital, you will usually be taken to University Hospitals Dorset Maternity Hospital, but you may be taken to another unit if Poole are especially busy.
Women can opt to have their antenatal care with the birth team at the birth centre.
If you need additional monitoring or medical treatment following the birth, you will be transferred to the University Hospitals Dorset Maternity Unit. If your baby needs to be monitored or to receive medical treatment, they may be taken to the Neonatal Unit, or you may both be sent to the Transitional Care Unit at University Hospitals Dorset Maternity Unit in Poole.