About the Delivery Suite
The Delivery Suite is situated on the second floor of the Maternity Centre at Royal Stoke. We have 16 delivery rooms, all with en-suite facilities. Women who are booked under the care of a Consultant will have their baby on this department, as will women who require their labour to be induced.
There are also four high-dependency rooms for patients who require specific support throughout their labour. Each of the four rooms has up-to-date technical equipment in order to monitor patients more intensively.
Staff on the Delivery Suite include midwives, doctors, nurses, clinical support workers, and hotel support service staff, all of whom work with women to provide a full range of care suited to their needs. There is a patient and partner sitting room available for refreshments.
On the Delivery Suite we promote normal birth. If there are no anticipated problems, women are cared for solely by the midwife. However we do recognise that some births need closer monitoring for a variety of reasons.
We actively encourage women to be mobile and have telemetry facilities for monitoring. We provide mats and birthing balls for you to use. We offer a wide range of pain relief including epidural anaesthesia to suit your needs.
We also have two operating theatres which are used for women who have a planned caesarean section. This is offered five days-a-week and also to conduct emergency cases 24 hours-a-day. There is a three-bedded post- analgesia care unit where patients are admitted for immediate post-operative assessment prior to their transfer to the postnatal ward.
There are two designated rooms set aside from both the Midwifery Assessment Unit and Delivery Suite in order to care for women who have experienced the loss of their baby. There is a counselling and sitting area with refreshments available for families to have private discussion. The bereavement suite staff are trained specifically to support families through this very sad time.
There is an 'early-births' room for parents whose babies are anticipated to require neonatal intensive care.
Admission during labour
During your pregnancy your midwife will discuss the signs of labour with you and give you instructions on when to contact the hospital. When you think you are in labour, you should contact the department you are booked to have your baby.
This could be Royal Stoke Delivery Suite on 01782 672333, Royal Stoke Midwife Birth Centre on 01782 672200, Royal Stoke Maternity Assessment Unit on 01782 672300 or the Freestanding Birthing Unit County Hospital on 01785 230059 for advice. When you are admitted to hospital it is important that you bring with you any tablets or medicines you have been taking.
Visiting is not allowed on the delivery suite, except for when a lady is staying in a high dependency room for a number of days. Family are allowed to visit if a lady has a stillbirth.