Lucina Birth Centre
Our birth centre provides midwife-led care in individual rooms, complete with bath or birthing pool, beanbags, subtle lighting and a home-like atmosphere. The beautiful facilities offer families a relaxed environment where you can start your journey into parenthood. There are three birthing rooms, two of which have birthing pools, and three postnatal rooms. The birthing rooms have birth pools, birthing couches, mood lighting, bean bags and floor mats, which we encourage you to use during your labour and birth if you wish. Your privacy is very important and all the birthing rooms have private en-suite bathrooms which you can use during your labour.
“Thank you for an absolutely wonderful experience. I felt respected, in control and capable. The facilities are superb and we loved being there.” Hannah
The Lucina birth centre is the ideal place for women who want to be close to hospital services, but want a relaxed environment in which to have their baby and offers sensitive, individualised midwifery care to women who are anticipating a labour with low intervention.
"The birth centre is a hidden gem” - Frankie
Your midwife will support you throughout your labour and is also able to recognise if further medical support is needed. In these situations, your midwife may recommend transferring you next door to the delivery suite team of doctors and midwives for on-going care.
Here's a video from Senior Sister, Paramdeep, showing you round the Lucina Birth Centre:
We encourage your family and friends to come to the birth centre to support you during this special time. There are no restrictions on visiting times as we want you to celebrate your birth with those who are close to you. Your birthing partner can also stay with you overnight after your baby is born, if you aren’t ready to go home. Your children are also welcome to visit the birth centre, but we are not able to allow them to stay overnight for safety and infection control.
After you have given birth, our midwives will support you with feeding your baby and help you with any questions you may have.
If you opt to have pain relief while giving birth, we can offer a range of options including:
· Hydrotherapy-use of water in the birthing pools
· Active labour positions, using birthing balls, mats and bean bags
· Gas and air (Entonox)
· Pethidine injections
· Hypnobirthing techniques supported
· Women can also opt to bring their own TENS machine
Epidurals are available on the delivery suite if needed, however, the evidence shows that continuous support from a midwife during labour is likely to decrease the need for a woman to request an epidural for pain relief.
Is the Birth Centre recommended for you?
At the start of your pregnancy the midwife will agree with you as to what type of care you would like based on your preferences and previous medical and pregnancy history.
If you have no current or previous medical problems the midwife will recommend midwifery-led care for you, as you will not need to see a hospital doctor during your pregnancy. This will be continuously reviewed with you throughout your pregnancy.
We’d recommend the birth centre for you if:
· Have an uncomplicated pregnancy
· Are 37-42 weeks into your pregnancy
· Your BMI is less than 35 at the start of your pregnancy
· You are 16-40 years of age
· You are not anaemic (iron level is more than 90 grams/dl)
· Your baby has developed normally and is head down
· Your waters release and are clear in colour
If you are unsure whether having your baby in the birth centre is the best place for you please discuss with your midwife. There will be some women who may not meet all of the criteria but would still like to have their baby in the centre. In this case, speak to your midwife and we can ensure you receive the right advice to make the choice that’s safe for you.