County Hospital

​Freestanding Midwifery Birth Unit

This is a midwifery-led unit situated on the second floor of County Hospital. It is run by midwives and is open to pregnant women with no complications. There are two birth rooms, Willow and Blossom, one of which is a birth pool room. There is also a two-bedded bay where partners are welcome to stay overnight.

Normal birth is promoted. Women's expression of choice is actively encouraged, as is delivery off the bed. A calm, quite environment is provided to help the birth experience. If all goes well you will be transferred home to the care of your community midwife within a few hours of the birth.

In FMBU we offer antenatal relaxation classes, which help to educate women and their birth partners in strategies for coping with early labour. Choices of pain relief include massage, mobility, hydrotherapy, Entonox (gas and air) and pethidine. If during your labour you decide you want to have an epidural, or should any complications arise, you may be transferred to the Delivery Suite at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Scan patient information leaflet

Click here​​ to download a leaflet about coming for a scan​

Antenatal care

Consultant antenatal clinics are run three days-a-week in an area adjacent to FMBU. This supports the ethos of care being provided as close to the patient's home as possible. Although this clinic is attended mostly by women living within the Stafford area it is in fact open to any women booking to have their baby within RSUH or County Hospital.

Ultrasound scan

You will usually have two scans; one between 11 – 13 weeks of pregnancy and a detailed scan at approximately 20 weeks. They will be carried out in the hospital's scan department at Royal Stoke and County Hospital, at Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre or Bradwell Hospital. Your community midwife will book the most appropriate venue for you. Other venues may be available in the near future. You will be able to purchase a photograph of the scan. 

Click here​​ to download a leaflet about coming for a scan​

Antenatal booking clinics

Antenatal booking clinics are run seven days-a-week. Patients are given convenient appointments where they can meet with their named midwife. Midwives will take time to discuss and inform patients of the choices offered throughout the antenatal, intranatal and postnatal period. We actively encourage partners to attend this appointment.

Postnatal clinics

A postnatal clinic is held daily seven days-a-week. Patients are given convenient appointments and offered support and advice on feeding and care of their baby, as well as ensuring recovery from birth.​

How to find us
We are on the second floor of County Hospital.
Click here for information on transport and directions.

Contact us

Telephone: 01785 230059​

Visiting
Visiting is open to family members, who are welcome to come and go as they please.

There are facilities for birth partners to stay overnight if they wish to do so. ​

Facilities
The unit has a birthing pool, which is available for women with uncomplicated pregnancies who wish to give birth in a calm and relaxing environment. Women are encouraged to return to their home environment soon after the birth.

All birthing rooms are equipped with birthing mats and suitable for mobilising. However, women would be encouraged to bring in their own birthing mat if they wished to do so.