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John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre

More than 7,500 babies are born in the Women's Centre every year. We are a regional referral unit for high-risk pregnancies and our Newborn Care Unit provides special care for babies in Oxfordshire and across the South East.

Families 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.

Oxford Spires Midwifery-led Unit

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

If you have a higher risk of complications, although midwives will care for you throughout your labour and birth, your lead carer will be an obstetrician (a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth).

If you have a low-risk pregnancy and choose to give birth on Delivery Suite, your 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.

John Radcliffe Hospital Delivery Suite


Please see 'Epidurals'


Visiting hours

Please see Visitors

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

Please see 'Registering the birth'

Find us and contact us

John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

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