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:
A day in maternity - Find out more about the work that takes place in different areas of the maternity department.
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
Birth Options Clinic
We wish to promote normal birth wherever possible and believe that all women should be provided with the correct information to make informed decisions regarding their birth options.
A specialist service has been developed by midwives to help support women in their individual choices for pregnancy and birth. This clinic is run by an experienced midwife who facilitates discussion and advises pregnant women regarding their birth choice if a woman chooses to not follow recommended guidance for her labour and birth. This also includes women wishing to birth in an environment that does not reflect national guidance. It is not necessary to see all women who have delivered by caesarean section in a previous pregnancy.
Your community midwife or consultant may refer you to our birth options clinic, to discuss previous deliveries and explore options for birth in this pregnancy.
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 under the care of Basildon University Hospital, you can now contact a midwife direct without having to see your GP first.
You, and members of your family, can use social media or email to contact the i-midwife with any non-urgent questions. She will respond to you direct within 24 hours.
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).
Supervisors of Midwives
Supervisors of Midwives aim to ensure women receive high standards of maternity care by:
- Listening in confidence to any concerns you may have about your care
- Offering advice, information and guidance
- Acting as an advocate
- Ensuring you receive care in the right place, from the right professional
- Encouraging the involvement of you and your family in the planning of your care
- Supporting you and your midwife to plan the safest place for you to give birth
- Helping to resolve any potential disagreements about your maternity care in an unbiased and impartial manner, including explaining why other healthcare professionals may think your maternity choices may not be the most appropriate for you. Discussing any concerns with a Supervisor of Midwives does not prevent you from using the hospital’s formal complaints procedure.
A Supervisor of Midwives is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, offering guidance and support to women using the maternity services at Basildon University Hospital.
Phone the hospital switchboard on 01268 524900 and ask for the on-call Supervisor of Midwives.
Supervisors of midwives are experienced midwives who undertake additional education and training. They are appointed to the Local Supervising Authority.
The team of supervisors at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes midwives working in a range of practice areas including
- Research and audit
- Risk management
- Midwives working on the maternity wards
- Expertise in caring for high risk pregnancies
- Expertise in promoting and maintaining normal birth
All midwives meet regularly with their named Supervisor of Midwives and develop a good working relationship with them, to enhance the standard of care provided for mothers and babies.
Supervisors are role models to midwives, guiding and supporting them to help develop their skills and expertise, and challenge inferior practice, to maintain a good standard of midwifery.
“Statutory supervision of midwives is a valuable resource for midwives, their employers and the profession because it enables midwives to provide safe and effective care.”
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Supervisors of Midwives…Working together…… together with you
Maternity Services Liaison Committee (MSLC)
The Basildon and Thurrock MSLC is linked to Basildon Hospital's maternity unit and the community maternity services provided in Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford.
The MSLC plays an important part in shaping maternity services to meet the needs of users. Its role is to make sure that the organisations that commission (buy) maternity services listen to, and take into account the views and experiences of the users and providers of maternity services, to improve all aspects of maternity services in the area. It actively seeks the views of women and their families and brings together women and health care professionals.
The MSLC wishes to recruit several new members to the committee, to take part as service user representatives. No experience is required other than to have used, or representative others who have used, local maternity services. All enquiries from individuals or groups are most welcome.
To find out more about the MSLC, and to get in touch please see their website at www.btuhmslc.btck.co.uk
Or find them on Facebook, search BasildonMSLC, or on Twitter: @BTUHMSLC