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Rushey Midwife Led Unit

Welcome to Rushey Midwifery Led Unit.  

Staff next to birthing pool

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 322 7304 and 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 seasons.   

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. 


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.


Parking 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).

Staff details

Matron: Jean Sangha
Consultant Midwife: Christine Harding
Ward Manager: Kathryn Jones

Any other information

Please remember to bring with you:

  •  Comfortable clothing for use in labour
  •  CDs/ipods for your music, DVD of your favourite film
  •  Refreshments for labour
  •  Toiletries and a towel
  •  Small bag with essential baby equipment

Note: Please use small bags as storage space is very limited.

Nearby facilities

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 available.  

  • Convenience store (Main Entrance Block)
  • Coffee bar (Main Entrance Block)
  • Restaurant on Level 1 (South Block)
  • League of Friends shop and tea bar (Maternity Block)




Useful Contacts

Triage Midwife
0118 3227304
(only call if you think you are in labour)

Level 6 Maternity Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road
Reading RG1 5AN


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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    Tel: 0118 322 5111
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