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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Oxford Spires Midwifery-led Unit

Oxford Spires Midwifery-led Unit offers women an alternative to the consultant-led maternity service at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Midwifery-led facilities are also available for women at other locations in Oxfordshire.

The unit was named Oxford Spires Midwifery-led Unit in recognition of the views of Oxford from its rooms on Level 7 of the John Radcliffe Women's Centre.

A mother wrote to us about her experience at the Spires:

"I was very impressed with the room we were shown to as it was light, roomy and relaxing with wonderful views. I had an excellent birthing experience. I felt so in control, relaxed and empowered.

"As a family we were cared for absolutely wonderfully afterwards, given plenty of skin-to-skin time and privacy and space to bond with our baby."

About the unit

The Wytham Room

The Wytham Room has a clover-shaped birthing pool which maintains the water at a comfortable temperature and provides a relaxing environment. It is ideal for women who want a water birth, but also good if they just want a comfortable bath to relax in before delivery.

The Knowles Suite

The Knowles Suite is a sensory room with special lighting effects that can change colour and help to create a relaxing environment. Many women using this room like to bring their own music to add to the calm.

The Burcot Room

The Burcot Room is equipped with bean bags, a hammock seat and huge exercise balls. It is aimed at women who want a more active delivery, but also has a low level sofa for reclining.

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