How do I book for the Birth Centre?
We encourage all women and their partners to attend the information evening and tour at the Birth Centre after their 20 week scan. The information session is held every Friday evening at 6.30pm and can be booked directly by contacting the Birth Centre on 01622 220161. A virtual tour and information film is also available to view.
At 34 weeks of pregnancy, a place of birth assessment can be booked with the midwives at the Birth Centre. These appointments allow time for women to ask any further questions they may have. The midwife will assess your pregnancy to date to ensure you meet the criteria for a Birth Centre delivery. Your place of birth assessment can be booked directly by calling 01622 220161 prior to 34 weeks of pregnancy.
What do I need to bring to the Birth Centre?
Here is a handy checklist of items to bring with you when you have your baby at the Birth Centre.
What if there is a problem?
Women who come to the Birth Centre are usually in good health so there is no reason to expect a problem during birth. Midwives are trained to detect if labour is not progressing as well as it should and to make sure you and your baby are safe. Our figures show that around 70% of first time mothers and more than 90% of second time mothers using a Birth Centre give birth without needing any medical intervention.
If medical help is necessary, or if you decide you would like an epidural, you will be transferred to Tunbridge Wells Hospital by ambulance, accompanied by your midwife. The journey is approximately 25 minutes. Emergency equipment is kept in the Birth Centre, should unforeseen problems arise for a woman or baby and all the staff receive regular training to deal with such situations.
Aromatherapy and Reflexology are used within the Birth Centre to support women through the labour process. The midwives are also supportive of women wishing to use Hypno-birthing techniques
When can I go home?
We operate an individualised plan of care for women and their babies. Some women prefer to go home within a few hours of birth, others may wish to stay overnight.
Kangaroo Care (skin to skin contact)
Research has shown that skin to skin contact is extremely beneficial for babies. It not only helps them to regulate their breathing and blood sugars after birth, but is also important for helping with neuro development (brain development). Kangaroo care also helps with bonding and maternal attachment.
During your stay at the Birth Centre we can loan you a Kangawrap to help you perform prolonged skin to skin contact with your baby. KangaWraps can also be purchased from the Birth Centre.
The Birth Centre offers breast feeding support to all mothers either via telephone or in person by appointment. In 2014/15, 81% of mothers initiated breast feeding at the Birth Centre. The Birth Centre offers Breast Pump loan at nominal fees.
Please contact us on 01622 220161 for information regarding Breast Pump loan, TENS machine loan and purchasing a KangaWrap.