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Horton Midwifery-led Unit (MLU)

Horton Midwifery-led Unit (MLU) in Banbury offers the reassurance of support during labour and birth, as well as a homely, comforting experience.

An MLU is a unit that is run by experienced midwives and maternity support workers (MSW).

They are supported by colleagues from the community midwifery teams and provide care 24-hours a day, seven days a week for women and birthing people choosing to birth their babies in an MLU setting.

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About us

If you have a straightforward pregnancy, with no medical or obstetric problems, and go into labour between 37 and 42 weeks, you are welcome to give birth at the Horton.

If you need obstetric care we will transfer you to the Women's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Midwives and maternity support workers provide immediate postnatal care to families, who can expect to go home within four to six hours after the birth.

FacilitiesA bed with red cover and side table

The Midwifery-led Unit has six rooms, one with a birthing pool.

Coping strategies for labour and birth include:

  • massage and aromatherapy
  • TENS machines (available to hire through the Banbury Community Midwives)
  • Entonox ('gas and air').

Equipment available includes:

  • birthing balls and mats
  • bean bags
  • birthing stools
  • lamps for mood lighting
  • sound systems.

For further information, please contact the Midwifery-led Unit on the number below.

Tel: 01295 229459

Find us and contact us

Horton Midwifery-led Unit
Horton General Hospital
Oxford Road
Banbury OX16 9AL

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If you have any questions, or would like more information, please call us.


Horton Midwifery-Led Unit (MLU) information leaflet (pdf)

Last reviewed:23 October 2023