Maternity Services

Women's and Children's Health

Maternity Services at North Bristol NHS Trust provides a full range of maternity care. More than 6,000 babies are born with us every year and our dedicated midwives, doctors, maternity healthcare assistants (MCAs) and support staff are committed to giving you personalised care of the highest standard.

We have a range of choices for place of birth, including:

  • Home birth - a planned birth at home with care provided by midwives during labour and birth.  
  • Cossham Birth Centre - a Freestanding Midwifery Unit (FMU): offering care to women with straightforward pregnancies during labour and birth in which midwives take primary professional responsibility for your care. During labour and birth medical services including obstetric, neonatal and anaesthetic care, are not immediately available but are located on a separate site 5 miles away at Southmead Hospital should they be needed. Transfer will normally involve a car or ambulance.
  • Mendip Birth Centre - an Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU) at Southmead Hospital: offering care to women with straightforward pregnancies during labour and birth in which midwives take primary professional responsibility for your care. During labour and birth medical services, including obstetric, neonatal and anaesthetic care are available should they be needed, in the same building. Transfer will normally be by bed or wheelchair.
  • Central Delivery Suite - an Obstetric Unit (OU) where care is provided by a team, with obstetricians taking primary professional responsibility for women at high risk of complications during labour and birth. Midwives offer care to all women in an OU, whether or not they are considered at high or low risk, and take primary responsibility for women with straightforward pregnancies during labour and birth. Medical services including obstetric, neonatal and anaesthetic care are available on site, 24 hours a day.

Our maternity facilities offer en-suite birth rooms, birth pools, overnight partner stays if labour is induced and following the birth, full range of complementary therapies and pain management and free parking for women in active labour, and their partners, on the Southmead Hospital site. We also have a 24-hour seven days a week Antenatal Assessment Unit and a family room available at Southmead Hospital. 

We are proud to have Baby Friendly accreditation, and support all families in their choice of feeding. We have the Precious Drops Milk Bank which is a milk donor facility to support pre-term infants. Find out more about Precious Drops.

North Bristol NHS Trust has been at the forefront of multi-professional emergency training within maternity and has been running an in house programme for all staff since 2000. This world renowned research has led to the development of PROMPT (Practical Obstetric Multi Professional Training) which is a training package used in many maternity units in the UK, and other international centres. This training has led to improved outcomes for mothers and babies and we are proud of our excellent outcomes. We also have a well-known research department.

We have been awarded the NHS Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) Level 3 - the highest and most challenging level of achievement granted by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA). This follows rigorous assessment against national standards in maternity and demonstrates that we consistently deliver systems of care to ensure that mothers and babies receive safe and appropriate care.

Our friendly, professional team look forward to welcoming you and supporting you in your birth choices.

www.maternityvoices.org.uk enables parents to share their experiences and get involved in the activities of Maternity Voices, the Maternity Services Liaison Committee for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 

The information included in the website may not be relevant to all pregnant women, as it covers many conditions during pregnancy, labour and birth. If you have any questions, please ask one of our midwives.

Find out more

My Pregnancy @ NBT App

Antenatal Booking Form

Birth Place Options

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