Welcome to the Midwifery Led Unit (Ward 47A and 47B)
Ward 47 is our alongside Midwifery Led Unit (as it is located
alongside the Consultant Led Unit).
Women who are low risk will be cared for on our Midwifery Led
Unit (MLU). It is located on the third floor of Saint Mary's
Hospital. There are 8 ensuite birthing rooms, two of which have a
birthing pool. The rooms are equipped with birthing balls, mats and
bean bags. In addition, we have a 'Multitrac' which is specialist
birthing equipment designed to encourage an upright position for
You will be cared for by experienced midwives committed
promoting a normal (vaginal) birth.
If any unexpected complications arise during your labour or
birth you will be transferred safely to the Delivery Unit for
assessment by an obstetrician.
There is substantial evidence that involvement of the partner in
maternity care is of benefit to the health and wellbeing of the
family (Royal College of Midwives). Therefore, Saint Mary's
supports and encourages partners to be fully involved throughout
pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period. Evidence shows that
women who are well supported require less pain relief, feel more
positive and have less chance of developing symptoms of depression
after the baby is born. The preparation for birth can be an
emotional time for new parents and fathers so please discuss any
concerns with your midwife.
A website you may wish to access is: www.fatherhoodinstitute.org
Methods of pain relief used on the Midwifery Led Unit
- Entonox (Gas and Air)
- The pool
- Opiates (Diamorphine or Pethidine injection)
If during your labour you decide you would like an epidural for
pain relief then you will need to be transferred to the Delivery
As long as mother and baby are well, women who have had
their baby on the Midwifery Led Unit are usually able to go home
between 6 and 8 hours after their baby has been born. You will
usually be discharged from the room you gave birth in. The baby
will be checked over thoroughly by a specially trained midwife to
ensure they are well before discharge. If any problems arise, then
a Paediatric review by a doctor will be arranged and this may delay
the time at which you can go home.
Your partner can remain with you throughout until your
discharge home with your baby, unless an extended stay and transfer
to the postnatal ward is needed. In order to respect the privacy of
other women on the wards, it is usually not possible for partners
to stay overnight on the ward area.