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John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre

Women's Centre

More than 7,500 babies are born in the Women's Centre every year. We are a regional referral unit for women with high-risk pregnancies and our Neonatal Unit provides special care for babies in Oxfordshire and across the south east.

Women with straightforward pregnancies are encouraged to have their babies at home or in midwifery-led units. There are midwifery-led units in Chipping Norton, Wallingford and Wantage, as well as the Oxford Spires Midwifery-led Unit on Level 7 of the John Radcliffe hospital Women's Centre.

When you are in labour

If you plan to have your baby on the Delivery Suite in the Women's Centre, please contact our Maternity Assessment Unit (MAU).

  • Tel: 01865 220221

If you are booked to have your baby at the Oxford Spires Midwifery-led Unit, please call the Unit directly when you are in labour.

  • Tel: 01865 221666

Labour and birth on JR Delivery Suite

Women at higher risk of complications during labour and birth will be cared for by midwives throughout their labour and birth, but the lead carer will be an obstetrician (a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth).

For women with low-risk pregnancies who choose to give birth on Delivery Suite, the lead carer will be a midwife.

All midwives have a strong focus on safe and nurturing care. We will give you and your birth companion information throughout your labour, so that your choices can be supported.

For information about the John Radcliffe Delivery Suite, please see the page at the link below.

Epidurals

Wards

New mother and baby with midwifeVisiting hours

  • Partners / main companions: 9.00am - 9.00pm (or at any time when women are in active labour)
  • Other visitors: 3.00pm - 4.00pm and 6.00pm - 8.00pm

A mother's older children are welcome to visit, but unfortunately we are unable to allow other children (nephews, nieces, friends etc.) to visit her; this is to reduce the risk of infection for newborn babies.

Only three visitors at the bedside at any one time, please, so that we can maintain a calm, supporting environment. (We may agree to other arrangements in exceptional circumstances.)

Most of our accommodation on the wards is in bays with four beds, so we will do our best to maintain your privacy and dignity at all times.

If your baby's birth is straightforward, we will encourage you to go home between two and 24 hours after the birth.

If you are going home by car, you must have an approved baby's car seat with you: a car seat for a baby is a legal requirement.

Registering the birth

If your baby is born at the John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre, you can register the birth at the Registrar's Office on Level 4.

You may only register your baby here if you have not yet been discharged. Please bring your baby's Red Book with you.

A full birth certificate is available on the day at a cost of £4.

Opening hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday 9.00am - 12.00 noon
  • We may occasionally open on a Tuesday and some afternoons 1.00pm - 3.30pm if staff are available
  • These hours may be subject to change at short notice

For information about who can register a birth please visit:

Find us and contact us

  • The Women's Centre
    John Radcliffe Hospital
    Headington
    Oxford OX3 9DU
  • Day Assessment Unit, Level 6: 01865 221711 / 2
  • Maternity Assessment Unit, Level 2: 01865 220221
  • Maternity Admin Office: 01865 221651
  • Gynaecology: 01865 221642
  • Ultrasound: 01865 221714 / 5
  • Level 5 Women's Centre: 01865 221880
  • Level 6 Women's Centre: 01865 221721 / 2
  • Level 7 Women's Centre: 01865 221665