Labour and birth

Labour and birth landing image Where would you like to have your baby?

Having a baby is a momentous occasion in your life and you should carefully consider where you would feel most safe, relaxed and in control of your baby's birth. Feeling anxious can make it harder for you to cope with your labour and interrupts your body's natural process of giving birth. This can make your labour longer, feel more uncomfortable and can make you and your partner feel less satisfied with the birth of your baby.

For women giving birth in Nottingham, there are three options of places to have your baby. These are:  

  • home
  • the Sanctuary Birth Centre at the Queens Medical Centre or City Hospital (Sometimes referred to as an Alongside Midwifery Unit AMU)
  • the Labour Suite at the Queens Medical Centre or City Hospital (sometimes referred to as Obstetric Unit OU)

Although there are circumstances when birth on the Labour Suite is recommended, we aim to help you to decide where the best place is for you to give birth to your baby.

Your Midwife can help you to make this decision and support you in your choices. Once you have decided your midwife will place a sticker on the front of your notes indicating your choice, you can change your mind at any point of your pregnancy.

Being under consultant care at any point during your pregnancy does not automatically mean a labour suite birth is the recommended option. Discuss this with your obstetric consultant or midwife.

Learn more here: 

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What will happen when I arrive?

The Labour Suite is located opposite the Antenatal Clinic at both City Hospital and QMC. When you arrive, you will need to press the intercom button.

The midwife allocated to care for you will ask you some questions about how you are feeling and what was happening before you arrived. If you are in the latent phase of labour (early labour) we may recommend that you return home until your labour is more established.

If you prefer to stay in hospital, or if we advise you to stay, you will be offered a bed on the ward. 

What facilities are there in the rooms?

Facilities in the room image Each labour room has an ensuite or shared shower and toilet. The rooms are adapted for women with different abilities, have wider doorways, low sinks, extra grab rails, and level access to shower areas.

There is ambient lighting and CD players/iPod docks in the rooms to aid your relaxation. There are plenty of aids available to help you remain active during labour and birth, such as birthing balls, bean bags, birthing stools, aromatherapy oils and heat packs, but you may wish to bring some additional items from home to use. We can provide tea and coffee, but we also recommend that your birthing partner brings some food or money to buy refreshments.

The beds are electronically operated and you can adjust them to your comfort, and to ease your labour.

Coping strategies during Labour and Birth

Pain relief options in Labour