Poole’s Labour Ward is the centre for high-risk maternity care in East Dorset. We aim to give mums as much choice as possible in their maternity care. If you or your baby have complications, we are fully equipped to meet your needs, but we also welcome mums with low-risk pregnancies and births.
Who can give birth here?
This Labour Ward is the recommended option for women who are advised they are higher-risk:
Pain Relief Options
We have facilities for continuous monitoring of your baby, including telemetry, a wireless monitoring system that allows you to move around while your baby is being monitored.
We also have two theatres – these are used for caesareans, as well as some assisted deliveries.
We have a separate small ward for women who have come in for an elective caesarean and we aim to make this process as relaxed and smooth as possible. Women who need an emergency caesarean will usually wait in the labour ward until they are ready for theatre.
More about the Labour Ward
The Labour Ward is a consultant-led unit, which means that there are doctors on site to oversee the care of mums with additional medical needs. If you don’t have any complications, you will be taken care of by midwives, and you’ll only see the doctors if you need them. Because there are doctors working in the unit, we can offer enhanced care to mums who need it, such as those with complex pregnancies, medical conditions, or twins or more. Some mums will be advised to have their baby in a consultant-led unit during their pregnancy, if their team feel this would be safest for mum and baby.
After the birth
Private postnatal rooms
Your stay after you’ve given birth
If you need additional monitoring or medical treatment, you will be transferred to the Postnatal ward. 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.
Contact and visitor information
Your own children
Friends and family
Flowers and plants are not permitted on the maternity ward.
Women in labour
Partner and visitor
Free road parking is available in some of the surrounding streets for a limited time period.