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Horton Midwifery-led Unit

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

Open Evening

Wednesday 25 September 2019 6.00pm - 8.00pm

The Horton is the perfect setting for those who are looking for a calm, homely and welcoming environment to give birth.

Come and meet our fabulous team, take a tour and chat about your upcoming birth.

The Horton Midwifery-led Unit offers of range of services to local women and their families and is available to all low-risk women.

This includes first-time mothers and those having second, third or fourth babies. We recommend that, if:

  • you are healthy and well
  • you have no medical conditions (such as diabetes or high blood pressure)
  • you are pregnant with one baby only
  • your baby is growing normally
  • you have given birth before and there were no complications (such as Caesarean section)
  • your pregnancy is between 37 and 42 weeks

then the best place for you to give birth would be in our midwifery-led unit.

If you are not sure if you meet these criteria, please speak to your community midwife.

Women requiring obstetric care are transferred to the Women's Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The Horton MLU is staffed 24/7 by at least one midwife and one maternity support worker. We have the facilities to care for more than one woman in labour at a time, as on-call midwives are available.

Midwives and maternity support workers provide immediate postnatal care to families, who can expect to go home within 4-6 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')
  • Meptid (morphine-based injection).

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

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