Bournemouth Birthing Centre is a free-standing Midwifery-Led Unit providing labour, birth and postnatal care to women who have had no complications during their pregnancy.
“Meet the Birth Team” tours happen every other Tuesday at 5pm and 6pm, and there is no need to book. Please call the Birthing Centre on 0300 0194434 to confirm when the next session is. This is an informal group, which welcomes women and their birthing partner to discuss all areas of birthing at the birth centre or at home.
Who can give birth here?
Mothers who are fit and well, have no medical conditions and have a straightforward pregnancy can choose to give birth here.
Your midwife will discuss your individual birth place options with you.
Pain Relief Options
We do not offer epidurals as we are a Midwife-led unit and there are no doctors on site.
If you decide during your labour that you would like an epidural, we would need to transfer you to a Consultant-led unit (usually University Hospitals Dorset Maternity Unit).
More about the Bournemouth Birthing Centre
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.
After the birth
Provision for partners staying overnight
Your stay after you’ve given birth
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.
Contact and visitor information
There are no visiting restrictions at this birthing centre, however there is no waiting area for visitors.
Flowers and plants are not permitted at the birth centre.