Choices for places of birth

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides maternity services to patients in Basingstoke, Winchester, Andover and surrounding areas in Hampshire and West Berkshire.

During your labour and birth, we aim to provide you with 1:1 midwifery care, as such, if the service is extremely busy you might be asked to attend another hospital to ensure you and your baby are offered the safest possible care. Where possible we aim to still provide you with care from our Hampshire Hospitals maternity team, therefore you might be asked in the first instance to attend our sister site, for example, if you were booked to have your baby at Basingstoke Hospital, you may be asked to attend Winchester hospital for your labour and birth. This would be fully discussed with you at the time by our labour line midwives.

See below for more information on your chosen hospital site. 

As well as the maternity hub at Andover War Memorial Hospital we also have a freestanding midwifery unit known as Hampshire Hospitals Maternity Centre, where there is:

- Two birth rooms, one with a pool in. 

Antenatal checks may be performed here but any concerns or complications will be referred to either RHCH or BNHH. There are no postnatal rooms and mothers, and babies return home following birth or transfer to the main units if more care is needed.

 

Details on how to find Andover hospital can be found by clicking here

 

 

Click below for a walkthrough of the Andover Hospital maternity unit. 

At Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital there is:

- Maternity day assessment unit: where you will be seen with any concerns or complications in your pregnancy

- An antenatal ward - this is a 9 bedded ward which includes the induction suite

- The Delivery Suite - an obstetric unit with 8 birth rooms including 2 pool rooms, and 2 on-site operating theatres

- The postnatal ward with 18 Bed, side rooms and a 4-bedded transitional care unit (TCU) for babies requiring more support.

There is also a neonatal unit on-site caring for babies born after 27 weeks. Babies born before 27 weeks or requiring more intensive support are transferred (often before birth) to other regional units.

 

Details on how to find Basingstoke hospital can be found by clicking here

 

 

Click below for a walkthrough of the Basingstoke Hospital maternity unit. 

At Royal Hampshire County Hospital there is:

- A Maternity Day Assessment Unit (MDAU) - where you will be seen with any concerns or complications in your pregnancy

- Geoffrey Hammond Ward - combining an antenatal ward with 8 beds, including the induction suite, and the postnatal ward with 25 beds, including a 5-bedded transitional care unit (TCU) for babies requiring more support.

- The Butterfly Suite - where families experiencing bereavement can be cared for.

- The Labour Ward - an obstetric unit with 7 birth rooms including 2 pool rooms. There are also 2 on-site maternity theatres.

There is also a neonatal unit on site caring for babies born after 27 weeks. Babies born before 27 weeks or requiring more intensive support are transferred (often before birth) to other regional units.

View the maternity unit here. 

 

Details on how to find Winchester hospital can be found by clicking here

 

At Hampshire Hospital we support families choosing to give birth at the HHMC (freestanding midwifery unit in Andover) and at home. These birth options are recommended if you are fit and healthy and your pregnancy does not have any known complications. Birth in these circumstances is often a very positive experience and for many women is as safe as birth in a hospital. Transfer to a hospital during birth is a well-practised event and we work closely with South Central Ambulance Service to ensure a fast and safe transfer for mothers and babies.

Where mothers are known to have additional complications and choose to birth at home we will work together with you, community and specialist midwives and doctors to create a birth plan to support you.

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