About Birth Centres
— What is a Birth Centre?

A Birth Centre is best described as a ‘half-way’ house between home and hospital that provides a relaxed informal atmosphere in a homely rather than a clinical environment. It is run and managed by highly skilled and experienced midwives who provide continuous care to healthy mothers and babies throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and up to 6 weeks after birth.

The service is one where you are treated as an individual embarking on a unique and special journey. We welcome the participation of your partner and your other children, and we provide a personalized approach to ensure that your needs and those of your family are comprehensively met. Over the course of your care in pregnancy we get to know each other so that by the time your baby is due you can look forward with confidence in your care during labour and birth, and after your baby is born, from midwives that you have come to know and trust.

If you are healthy and want to give birth normally and naturally with no, or minimal, intervention, the Birth Centre offers you the appropriate care and support to meet your needs. We provide a flexible approach to coping with labour and birth, including the use of warm, deep birthing pools, low lighting, relaxing music, movement, massage, complimentary therapies, hot flannels, soft mats, flexible furniture, and soothing words of encouragement and reassurance to enable you to birth your baby at your own pace for a safe and fulfilling birth experience.

The high standard of midwifery care and support is continued in the postnatal period up to 6 weeks after birth. The private en-suite postnatal rooms of the Birth Centre provide a quiet and calm environment where you and your partner are accommodated and supported in the initial postnatal days as you both bond with and get to know your new baby. We promote and support the physical and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby, and you are encouraged to stay at the Birth Centre until feeding is established and until you feel ready to go home. Thereafter, you are invited to drop-in any time before your last routine check-up at 6 weeks after birth.

We provide midwifery care, advice and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work in close collaboration with maternity hospital services, general practitioner services, public health nursing services, and other relevant health and social services as part and parcel of our holistic approach to care that is tailored to the individual needs of the mother and her family.

The Birth Centre offers a range of health promotion programmes that include antenatal education classes, active birth preparation, pregnancy and postnatal yoga, breastfeeding and postnatal support groups, complimentary therapy, infant massage, family planning, and counselling services, all of which guard and promote the health and wellbeing of the mother and baby. Childcare facilities are provided to increase the accessibility of our services.