Entrance to Maternity Unit and Beatrice Birth Centre
The Beatrice Birth Centre, which received its first mothers on Monday 31st October 2022, offers a safe, friendly environment suitable for women who have had a healthy pregnancy and are expecting to have a straightforward birth. Women can choose to give birth in the centre even if for first babies.
Throughout your pregnancy your community midwife will discuss with you where you would like to birth your baby. If your pregnancy has been straightforward you may choose to birth in the Beatrice Birth Centre, however we regret that rooms cannot be booked in advance.
The centre is run by experienced midwives and can be described as a ‘home away from home’ environment and is a middle ground alternative to the traditional labour ward or home.
The centre’s interior scheme and artworks were co-designed with families and staff working with ArtCare.
Salisbury’s Birth Centre consists of two spacious rooms. Both rooms include:
Joanne Hayward, Director of Maternity and Neonatal Services, said: "Our new Beatrice Birth Centre really has been a labour of love. This midwife-led centre improves our offer to pregnant women in our community as they contemplate their birth plans. The superb facilities provide a wonderful, caring and safe place for women to choose to have their baby. The community midwife will discuss with mothers-to-be where they would like to birth their baby and if the Beatrice Birth Centre is the right place for them.”
The Beatrice Birth Centre, along with a new entrance and reception, and courtyard garden have been made possible thanks to funding from the Local Maternity and Neonatal System and £260,000 of funding from the Stars Appeal, the hospital’s charity.
Three local people, Miss Margaret Smith, Mrs Joan Joyce and Mrs Jean Finniss, who left gifts to the Stars Appeal in their wills, helped to pay for the new facilities and have been recognised on a plaque within the Centre alongside other Stars Appeal donors.
Dave Cates of the Stars Appeal said: “We are incredibly proud of this wonderful Birthing Centre that, along with the new entrance and garden, will help thousands of local families welcome babies for years to come. None of this would be possible without our supporters and we are so grateful to Miss Smith, Mrs Joyce, Mrs Finniss for their exceptional generosity and to everyone who has contributed towards this project.”
Video: Having your baby at a midwifery led unit
Please note: Where the term ‘women’ is used on this page, this refers to all birthing people.
Our staff at Salisbury District Hospital have long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment they provide for our patients and for their innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in our award of NHS Foundation Trust status. This is afforded to hospitals that provide the highest standards of care.