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Your birth place choices

Bedford Hospital

We take great pride in supporting individual choice and providing the highest standard of care for women and their families. The unit has facilities to support both high and low risk pregnancies with a midwifery led delivery suite as well as a consultant led suite.

Your birth choices

  • birth at home (a home birth)
  • birth in the Acorn Suite, our midwifery led unit
  • birth in the Delivery Suite, our labour ward, which is staffed by obstetricians, midwives and specialists including anaesthetists.

Day Assessment Unit

The unit is located on the second floor of Cygnet Wing on Orchard Ward. If you have concerns after you are 20 weeks pregnant you can contact the unit yourself or be referred in by your midwife or GP.

The unit is comprised of four beds, staffed by a midwife throughout the week from 7am-9pm, and at weekends from 9am -5pm.

You can self-refer if you have concerns during your pregnancy.

Most women go into labour spontaneously by the time they are 42 weeks pregnant. If your pregnancy lasts longer than 42 weeks the day assessment unit offers outpatient induction of labour for all low risk women.

Contact telephone no: 01234 792060


Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

We aim to provide the highest and safest standards of care for mothers and babies, encouraging women to consider all the options available to you to make an informed choice about where you would like to birth your baby. It is important that the decision of where to give birth is made with a good understanding of all the available options.

Birth is a major life-changing event and you will be provided with the information and support to enable you to make the choices that are suitable for you. The options for place of birth will be discussed with you at your booking visit and throughout your pregnancy should the situation change. We recommend you make a birth plan with your wishes for labour and birth – your named midwife can help you with this.

Having a baby is generally very safe for the majority of women, which is why it is important that new mothers are offered a choice of where to give birth. Supported by the L&D’s midwifery team, eligible mothers-to-be are offered options on from our ‘maternity menu’:

  1. Home birth
  2. Midwife Led Birth Unit with en suite facilities
  3. Obstetric led unit (labour ward)

For further support around the choices available to you for your place of birth we also offer a Consultant Midwife Led Birth Options Clinic.

Birth after a Caesarean (VBAC)
At Luton and Dunstable University Hospital we support women who have had one previous uncomplicated caesarean section to plan to have a Vaginal Birth After Caesarean (VBAC). In some cases this is not recommended and you will be referred to a consultant obstetrician if necessary.

If you have had one uncomplicated caesarean section and have no problems in your pregnancy, you will be encouraged to attend the Consultant Midwife led VBAC clinic after your 20-week scan. At this consultation she will explain the complications of both VBAC and a second caesarean. This appointment offers you an informative and interactive consultation, where the aim of giving you this information is to help you make a decision that is right for you. She will also review your previous records and notes and talk through your birthing experience. You will not need to be seen by an obstetrician in the absence of medical conditions.
You will have a second appointment when you are around 36 weeks pregnant in the VBAC clinic where a further discussion on labour and delivery will take place, as well as exploring your options if your pregnancy is to become ‘postdates’.