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Delivery Suites

A hospital delivery suite might also be known as an obstetric unit or consultant led unit. 

Women who have any complicating factors which might reduce the chances of a straightforward labour and birth, will be advised to have their baby in hospital. This is because doctors are available to lead care and help if needed.

This will be discussed with you throughout your pregnancy, so that you can make decisions about your care with the support of the consultant led team.

Reasons to Consider a Delivery Suite Birth

  • You have complicating factors which mean that you may need additional care during the labour
  • You are planning a caesarean birth, or think one is likely to be needed
  • You know that your baby is likely to need special care immediately after birth
  • You would like an epidural.

In a hospital delivery suite, you will have one-to-one care from a midwife (as you would in a birthing unit or at home) but you will also have an obstetric team of doctors who will oversee your care. 


Who can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text Chathealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of the Healthy Child Programme team.

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