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Northumbria Birthing Centre
Northumbria Way, Cramlington NE23 6NZ


Northumbria Birthing Centre has:

  • 14 labour rooms
  • Epidural
  • Gas & air
  • Diamorphine
  • 2 birth pools
  • Febromed birthing equipment
  • Birth balls & birthing stools
  • Private ensuite rooms and dads can stay – there are reclining chairs for dads to use
  • Special Care Baby Unit for babies who need some extra care
  • Doctors and anaesthetists are available


My thoughts about Northumbria Birthing Centre…

The feedback I receive from parents is overwhelmingly positive with comments about good care and experiences. The niggles and slightly negative comments I hear could be attached to any maternity unit – conflicting information, unhelpful comments from some staff members – so it pays to be as assertive as possible, to get the information and the support you need and find most helpful.

I like that there are pools, febromed and other birthing equipment – it shows some thought into making labouring women comfortable and encouraging movement as well as different ways to manage and work with the contractions. And it makes a huge difference for dads to be able to spend the night.

One comment has always stayed with me and that is about the name of this maternity unit – I have met some mums postnatally who have been confused because they have expected a birthing centre – a unit which is often focused more on natural birth. While NSECH has pools and natural birth equipment, this unit is also a mainstream maternity unit with doctors, epidurals, inductions, caesareans and related policies/procedures. This is not a bad thing at all – in fact it is considered a positive thing by many expectant parents – but be aware of this to manage your expectations of what to the ward will be like.


Tips & comments from parents about Northumbria Birthing Centre…

  • great experience during the birth.
  • overnight support wasn’t as good as it could have been so if I had my time again I’d have pressed the button more often.
  • midwives and student midwives were fab
  • bring change for parking
  • really positive birth with great communication and support
  • take your own bottles and formula if you are not planning to breastfeed
  • take plenty of snacks
  • the care was good but be prepared for the midwives to be busy
  • couldn’t fault them. I didn’t have a straight forward time of if at all but every member of staff I encountered couldn’t have done more for us
  • the rooms were spacious, private and had a toilet and shower
  • they did everything within their power to help me give birth as naturally as possible, even though my body didn’t want to do much and we were at it a long time.

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As an experienced and qualified practitioner, I specialise in pregnancy, birth and parent support - my aim is to listen, inform, support and reassure when needed. I have worked with parents since 2002 and I set up Birth, Baby & Family in 2011 to provide good information, different voices and links to the best products and services for families.