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|Sobre nós||The Wallingford Birth Centre is a friendly, midwifery-led unit run by experienced community midwives and maternity support workers|
We can offer you one-to-one care during labour with a midwife who is highly experienced in caring for women in natural childbirth. Our midwives are skilled at identifying possible complications: your safety is paramount. If your midwife is concerned at any point about the safety of you or your baby she will transfer you to the John Radcliffe Hospital Women's Centre, Oxford, by ambulance.
During labour your midwife will help you find comfortable, supported upright and forward-leaning positions as labour progresses, using equipment such as a bean bag, floor mattress, birthing pool or birth ball. Your own choice of music is encouraged. Massage, aromatherapy, TENS, Entonox (gas and air) and pain relieving Meptid injection are also available, should you need them.
If you would like to have your baby here:
your pregnancy should be straightforward
you should not have any medical or obstetric problems
you should go into labour at between 37 and 42 weeks.
If you do not meet the above conditions but you still wish to have your baby with us, or at home with our support, please speak to one of our supervisors.
If you live outside Oxfordshire but you are thinking of having your baby at the Wallingford Birth Centre, please discuss this with your local community midwife. You will need to make an appointment to see us, and you may want to come and have a look around.
After the birth
If you wish, we make sure you have skin-to-skin contact with your baby and help you to breastfeed soon after the birth. Our unit has been awarded the UNICEF Global Baby Friendly Award for our commitment to helping mothers breastfeed. We will also help you to look after your baby. The length of your stay may vary from just a few hours to a couple of days depending on your needs. Our aim is that you leave the unit feeling rested and confident in caring for your baby.
Some mothers like to transfer to the Wallingford Birth Centre for their postnatal care shortly after giving birth in the delivery su
2000 UNICEF Global Baby Friendly Award
2012 Pauline Ellaway - Johnson’s Baby Mums’ Regional Midwife of the Year award for the South & Midlands