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Cotswold Birth Centre

"I feel privileged to be the midwife I've always wanted to be. Working alongside friendly professional colleagues and giving excellent care."

About the Centre

Managed by a team of highly skilled and experienced community midwives and dedicated maternity support workers, the Cotswold Birth Centre is a small, local and accessible place providing a home-from-home setting which is welcoming and supportive for families.

The Centre offers continuity of care and a sensitive, individualised approach to those with low-risk pregnancies who do not need to give birth in hospital.

However, if you experience complications in your pregnancy, or choose to give birth in hospital, you can still receive antenatal and postnatal care at the Centre: your midwife will communicate with the hospital-based obstetrician to provide care, as part of a multiprofessional team.

Facilities

  • Day room with comfortable seating, books about breastfeeding and normal birth, information leaflets and posters.
  • Kitchen with tea and coffee making facilities.
  • Two antenatal clinic rooms, each with an examination area and en-suite.
  • Two birth rooms each with a birthing pool, en-suite, CD/iPod/radio player, low-level lighting, birth ball.
  • Active birthing beds, Comfortable Upright Birth (CUB) support, floor mats, bean bag or bed.
  • Two postnatal rooms each with a bed, cot, baby changing area, baby bath and en-suite.

Antenatal care

You can receive all your antenatal care at the Centre, including your initial booking appointment and subsequent routine appointments. You are welcome to book extra appointments if you have any queries or concerns about your pregnancy - we can assess you, reassure you and refer you for further care at hospital if required.

The team of community midwives also provides antenatal care at GP surgeries - contact your surgery directly to arrange appointments.

Pre-birth courses are available to first-time parents for free - booking is essential via telephone or email.

Care in labour

The Centre is open 24 hours a day for continuity of care in a quiet and calm environment. Our birth rooms are designed to help you relax and promote the release of natural pain relieving hormones.

You can use the pool for labour and birth and we offer support on:

  • positions to labour in
  • aromatherapy
  • hypnobirthing
  • music
  • massage
  • TENS
  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Meptid (a morphine based injection).

Births are facilitated at the Centre and at home, supported by community midwives from Banbury, Witney and Bicester.

Most births are very straightforward: however, we are trained to deal with emergencies and will monitor you and your baby regularly throughout labour. Complications are swiftly recognised, and if we feel you or your baby should be seen by a doctor, we will accompany you in an ambulance to the Women's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Midwives are on call from home at night, so please call before coming to the Centre so we can let you in.

If you have a straightforward pregnancy with no medical or obstetric problems, and go into labour between 37 and 42 weeks, you may give birth at the Centre. If you do not meet these conditions, and still wish to have your baby at the Centre or at home, discuss this with your midwife, who will arrange for you to speak to a Consultant Midwife.

If you do not currently receive your antenatal care from the Cotswold Birth Centre team but would like to give birth there, please arrange to have your 36 week antenatal check at the Centre. This will give you an opportunity to meet some of the team and for the midwives to review your notes.

Postnatal care

 

The Centre provides immediate postnatal care, facilitating skin-to-skin contact, delayed umbilical cord clamping and natural delivery of the placenta, and initiating breastfeeding if desired.

You can expect to go home between two and eight hours after the birth, and midwives will continue to support you, with an initial visit at home the following day and further appointments at the Centre for postnatal support.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding support is available each day at the Centre. If you are experiencing breastfeeding difficulties, please call the Centre and we will invite you to spend time in one of our postnatal rooms, where you can rest between feeds and receive excellent support and advice from knowledgeable midwives and maternity support workers.

Infection Prevention and Control measures permitting, there is a weekly breastfeeding clinic run by a breastfeeding specialist:

Friday 10.00am - 3.00pm

We offer friendly, expert advice. If you would like to come along, please call the Centre for more details.

The centre was awarded the UNICEF Global Baby Friendly award in 2000. At each subsequent assessment they have achieved 100 percent for their outstanding level of care.

Testimonials

"Making the experience so special for us and helping me to keep calm."

"The unit is an invaluable asset... I always recommend the unit to any couples that are expecting."

"We think you do an amazing job... Your support and guidance was second to none."

"We cannot thank you enough for our incredible experience. You made us feel so special."

"...a fantastic and supportive service."

"The passion and level of care you demonstrate is second to none."

"Our baby has remained as chilled out as the day she arrived - long may it last."

"Thank you...for helping us to achieve the birth experience we wanted, and for going above and beyond with your breastfeeding support."

"Can't thank you enough for the kindness and support I have been given for all three of my babies!"

Contact us

Cotswold Birth Centre
Russell Way, Off London Road
Chipping Norton OX7 5AU

Email: chippingnortonmidwives@ouh.nhs.uk

Tel: 01608 697930

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Leaflet: Cotswold Birth Centre (pdf, 148 KB)