Stroud maternity unit
Stroud maternity unit is a small midwife led centre that helps deliver around 300 births every year, and offers a home from home environment for new parents.
Our team of experienced midwives will help you have an active birth, and can advise on alternative forms of pain relief, like aromatherapy and use of the birthing pool.
Our rooms have all been individually designed to create a comfortable and calm environment for you, your birth partner and your baby. This includes:
- birthing pools
- en suite rooms, with facilities for your birth partner to stay overnight
After you have had your baby, you can stay at Stroud maternity unit for extra care and support. This is also available if you have given birth in another unit.
Stroud's postnatal beds are temporarily suspended. All other services are operating as normal
If you need an epidural or there is an unexpected problem with you or your baby, you will be transferred to the delivery suite at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
It’s more likely you will need to transfer from Stroud maternity unit to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital if this is your first baby.
We are generally flexible with visiting times and number of visitors, so please check beforehand with your midwife.
Postnatal support: Stroud Maternity breastfeeding and parent support
If you need need extra support with feeding, changing or bathing your baby, our Maternity Care Assistants provide one-to-one breastfeeding and parent support for babies up to 14 days old.
✓ Support and advice to learn new breastfeeding positions
✓ Expressing, cup feeding and how to make up bottles for bottle-feeding
✓ Facilities available to express milk, including sterilisers
This support is provided at Stroud Maternity Unit; to book, please telephone the unit: 0300 421 8018
Programme of activities
As well as providing birth and labour care 24 hours a day seven days a week, we also provide a wide range of support activities that you can get involved in. These are set out below:
✓ Yoga classes: Tuesdays 19:00-20:15 (face-to-face), Thursdays (online). Please ask your midwife or call the unit to book
✓ Tours: We can facilitate face-to-face tours of our facilities on Wednesdays from 18:00. Booking is advised although not essential
✓ Antenatal classes: Face-to-face classes are available on Wednesday mornings from 10.00. We also offer online classes different days and times. Please ask a midwife for more information including online links