County Hospital - FMBU

We know that having a baby is one of the most important events in your life. The Freestanding Midwifery Birth Unit (FMBU) at County Hospital aims to offer you a place in which you can feel secure, relaxed and have peace of mind. There is also the facility to have support from the midwives on the unit prior to and after the birth of your baby.

FMBU is a homely environment run by experienced senior midwives, along with maternity support workers. This midwife-led environment is ideal for women expecting a straightforward birth and who want a less medically focused experience.

Having your baby in FMBU does carry some risks that you must be comfortable with. While the midwives there have 24-hour telephone access to specialist doctors if problems arise during pregnancy or the birth, there are no consultant obstetricians, anaesthetists or neonatologists on the County Hospital site.

This means that while having your baby in an FMBU is as safe as giving birth at home, if you do experience complications during labour, you may need to be transferred to a consultant-led centre to receive care from obstetricians. This will mean a transfer to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where there are doctors available to care for you.

If you live closer to Stafford but are having your baby in the consultant-led unit or the midwife birth centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital, you can still have all your antenatal and postnatal care from County Hospital.

Antenatal and postnatal care for low to high-risk pregnancies is available at County Hospital or from community clinics in Stafford, Stone and surrounding areas. The County Hospital service includes:

  • Antenatal clinics

  • Routine ultrasound scanning

  • Maternity assessment unit

  • Early pregnancy unit

  • Postnatal clinics


Contact FMBU

Telephone: 01785 230059