Rushey is a labour assessment unit and
birth centre run by a team of dedicated midwives.
When you think you are in
labour, you are welcome to speak with the triage midwife
on 0118 3227304, she will be able to help you.
If you are ready to come into hospital, the triage midwife
will advise you on where to go for your labour check up.
Depending on your personal needs, you may meet with her on the
labour assessment unit.
The birth centre has 4
rooms which have been designed for your comfort and relaxation in
labour. All these rooms are themed as one of the four
A first time mother who had her baby
in a similar type of unit wrote: “I would highly
recommend a midwife led unit to any woman, especially in their
first pregnancy. I found the set up very calm and relaxing”.
For women who are healthy and do not
anticipate any complications, current research suggests that it is
as safe to give birth in a midwife led birth centre like Rushey as
in a main labour ward.
Matron: Jean Sangha
Consultant Midwife: Annette Weavers
Ward Manager: Alison Duffield
Women staying on our unit are invited to be accompanied by 2
birthing partners 24 hours a day. When you have had your baby, you
can choose to go straight home from Rushey birth centre.
If you are staying overnight with us, you and your baby will be
transferred to one of the postnatal wards for your stay.
allowed: Yes. Outside ward only.
access: Wheel chair access and drop off area
outside maternity unit.
Patient Guide –
what to bring / how to prepare:
- Comfortable clothing for use in
- CDs/ipods for your music, DVD of your
- Refreshments for labour
- Toiletries and a towel
- Small bag with essential baby
Note: Please use small bags as storage space
is very limited.
There is a kitchen for making drinks and cold water fountains,
available 24 hours. Vending machines are by the lifts on
level 2. Women may bring in their own food but light snacks may be
Antenatal clinic, Iffley ward, Delivery Suite, Marsh Ward, Day
Assessment Unit, Ultrasound, Post Traumatic Stress,
- Convenience store (Main Entrance Block)
- Coffee bar (Main Entrance Block)
- Restaurant on Level 1 (South Block)
- League of Friends shop and tea bar (Maternity
How to get there
is available on the maternity unit ramp in Craven Road for up to 30
minutes or in the multi storey car park. From multi-storey car park
either walk along Craven Road to Maternity Unit or exit car park on
Level 2 and follow signs to Maternity Unit. Take lift or stairs in
Maternity Unit to Level 6 (top floor).
(only call if you think you are