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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.

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About us

We offer a range of services to local families, available to all with low-risk pregnancies.

This includes first babies - and 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.

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

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 family 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 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')
  • 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.