If you have a healthy pregnancy you can plan to give birth in the Midwifery Led Unit (MLU). It is located alongside the delivery suite and will see you supported by an experienced midwife, who will be responsible for your care throughout your labour and birth.
The unit has a friendly relaxed atmosphere and is ideal for women who are planning on birthing their babies as naturally as possible. It features two rooms each with their own birthing pool and en-suite facilities. Birthing balls, bean bags and mats are also available to help you stay active and comfortable during labour.
All of the MLU midwives are experienced in normal birth, hypnobirthing, waterbirth, massage, active birth, and creating a relaxed environment to promote positive natural birth experiences.
Pain relief available includes hydrotherapy, entonox, pethidine, paracetamol, and dihydrocodeine.
The 2011 Birthplace study, which was conducted in the UK, found that women who planned to have their babies in Midwife Led Units experienced less intervention in labour and were more likely to have a normal birth.