Maternity Unit, Basildon University Hospital,
Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5NL
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Mulberry Assessment Centre (MAC) - 01268 394718 or 01268 821774
- Willow Suite (midwife-led birthing unit) - 01268 524900 ext 4597
- Delivery Suite - 01268 524900 ext 4598
- Cedar Ward - 01268 524900 ext 4596
Who the service is for
Women during pregnancy and birth.
About the service
The maternity unit offers a comprehensive range of services including:
- Mulberry assessment centre
- prenatal diagnostic screening
- antenatal care services
- perinatal mental health and counselling service
- parent-craft education sessions and tours of the maternity unit
- midwife-led birthing unit, including waterbirth facilities
- fully-equipped delivery suite
- birthing at home support
- infant feeding support services
View our maternity videos below:
Women may be referred to Basildon University Hospital by their GP, or they may refer themselves through maternity direct (see section below).
Women who are considered to have a low risk pregnancy will receive antenatal care in the community with a community midwife. Women considered to be at high risk will receive antenatal care at the hospital under the supervision of their named obstetric consultant.
Women diagnosed with an endocrine condition e.g. diabetes or a thyroid condition, will receive care throughout their pregnancy from a specialist team including a consultant obstetrician, a consultant specialising in endocrine abnormalities, diabetic nurse specialists, and specialist midwives.
- Ultrasound scans
Two routine scans are offered – one at approximately 12 weeks for screening purposes. The second ultrasound scan is between 18 and 22 weeks and is a detailed scan to assess your baby's condition and wellbeing.
The maternity unit at Basildon University Hospital offers women the following birthing options:
Whether you can have a home birth depends on your individual circumstances. You can discuss the option of having a home birth with the community midwife at your booking appointment.
The decision can be made further-on in your pregnancy, but this needs to be discussed with the midwife by 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Midwife-led birthing unit
If you have a problem-free pregnancy and are expected to have a problem-free labour, the midwife-led birthing unit provides a more homely setting for the birth of your baby.
Run by experienced midwives specialising in natural labour and birth the midwife-led birthing unit provides:
- a calm and peaceful environment
- water birth pool – which can be used for pain relief
- birthing balls, floor mats
- pain management options including gas and air, diamorphine injection, pethidine
- immediate access to specialist services, in maternity unit, if needed
- discharge within 4 – 24 hours of the birth
The midwife-led birthing unit is located on Willow Suite.
Labour ward / delivery suite
The labour ward offers a delivery suite for women with more complex labours.
Run by experienced midwives, obstetricians and anaesthetists skilled in promoting normality when dealing with more complex labours, the labour ward offers:
- up-to-date high-tech equipment
- pain management options including gas and air, diamorphine injection, pethidine, mobile epidural (provides pain relief with less numbness or heavy-legged feeling experienced during a full epidural)
- immediate access to specialists in maternity care
Experienced midwives and support staff will provide your care following the birth of your baby, including:
- support with infant feeding
- support for baby care needs and reducing the risk of cot death etc.
- information on postnatal care needs (e.g. postnatal exercises, family planning, vaginal discharge)
If you have a positive pregnancy test and wish to have your baby at Basildon University Hospital, you can now contact a midwife direct without having to see your GP first.
If you have given birth at Basildon University Hospital and have any unanswered questions, please contact our Birth Afterthoughts midwife.
We have two Specialist Midwives for Infant Feeding - Lisette Harris and Geraldine Purver. They can be contacted on 01268 524900 ext 8830, 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday (answerphone service out of hours).