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Wallingford Maternity and Birthing Centre

Wallingford Maternity and Birthing Centre is a friendly, free standing midwifery-led unit within Wallingford Community Hospital.

We offer a safe alternative to hospital birth in a relaxed and family-focused setting, led by an experienced team of midwives and maternity support workers who are dedicated to promoting individualised care.

Our facilities include:

  • cosy sitting room with television and DVD player for use in early labour
  • kitchen area with tea and coffee making facilities
  • two birth rooms each with a pool, ensuite, low-level and mood lighting, integrated BlueTooth speakers and active birth beds
  • beanbags, birth stools and balls
  • two bed postnatal room with 'next to me' cots, dining area and ensuite shower room.

Tours of the unit are available on Saturday and Sundays at 4.00pm.

To arrange a visit please call us: 01491 826037

Women with a straightforward pregnancy, with no medical or obstetric problems, and who go into labour between 37 and 42 weeks, are welcome to give birth at the centre.

If you feel you do not meet the above criteria, and still wish to have your baby with us at Wallingford or at home, then please do speak to your midwife. Your midwife can arrange a discussion with a consultant midwife to ensure a plan is put in place which respects your choices for labour and birth.

If you live outside Oxfordshire but you are thinking of having your baby at the Wallingford Maternity and Birthing Centre, please call us to arrange a 'Transfer of Notes' appointment, preferably before 34-36 weeks of pregnancy.

For more information, please see: Birth place decisions (pdf)

Care in labour

The centre is staffed by midwives and maternity support workers 9.00am -5.00pm, and staff are on call 24 hours a day.

We offer you one-to-one care during labour with a midwife who is highly experienced in supporting women in natural childbirth.

As labour progresses, your midwife will help you find comfortable, supported upright and forward-leaning positions, using equipment such as bean bags, stools and birth balls. We have state-of-the-art upright birth beds available, and each room is equipped with a pool.

We offer massage, aromatherapy, TENS, Entonox (gas and air) and pain-relieving Meptid injections.

We encourage you to bring your own music, and welcome the use of hypnobirthing techniques throughout labour.

Complications

We know that most births will be very straightforward, however our midwives are trained to monitor women and babies closely throughout labour, and skilled at identifying possible complications and dealing with emergencies should they arise: safety is our first priority.

If your midwife is concerned at any point about the safety of you or your baby, she will transfer you to the John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre, Oxford.

If you want any more information about transfers, or have any concerns, please call and speak to one of our midwives.

Postnatal care

We provide immediate postnatal care to women and their babies, facilitating skin-to-skin contact, delayed umbilical cord clamping, natural delivery of the placenta and initiating breastfeeding if desired.

We have a two-bed postnatal room where you are welcome to stay after your baby is born. Our aim is that you leave us feeling rested and confident to care for your baby.

If you give birth at the John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre, you are also welcome to transfer back to Wallingford Maternity and Birthing Centre for your postnatal care, providing both you and your baby are fit and well to do so, and we have the space available.

After you return home you may phone our 24 hour advice line for any concerns: 01491 826037

Other support we can offer you includes home visits, breastfeeding support or return visits to the ward should you wish to come back and see us for any help on your postnatal journey.

Testimonials

"Personal touches and mother centred flexibility at every stage - could not have asked for a better start."

"I had a wonderful labour and birth experience and felt completely confident and in control during my labour thanks to the environment created at Wallingford."

"I came feeling exhausted and deflated that little-one wouldn’t latch, but eventually we did it and I now feel happy and hopeful - what an amazing place."

Find us and contact us

Wallingford Maternity and Birthing Centre
Wallingford Community Hospital
Reading Road
Wallingford OX10 9DU

Tel: 01491 826037