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Labour ward


Maternity unit, Royal Derby Hospital
Entrance 21


The labour ward provides care to women before, during and after giving birth.

There are 17 single bed en-suite labour rooms and a pool room.

We also have a 4 bedded area to provide care to women who are having their labours started off (induced) and a 4 bedded area for those women that need extra care after the birth.

We work as a multidisciplinary team with midwives, obstetricians, anaesthetists, paediatricians and support workers.

It is a good idea to discuss your thoughts with your community midwife and write a birth plan so that everyone involved in your care knows your preferences. 


  • pool room

  • light room

  • epidural service

  • remote monitoring system: where it is possible to monitor a baby’s heartbeat without being restricted to a bed or chair

  • high dependency unit

  • operating theatres

  • neonatal unit


Other Information

You may bring 2 people to support you in labour / birth (only 1 in theatre).

It is a good idea to prepare 2 bags. One with things for you and a separate one for baby items.

CD players / I pod docking stations are available in every room.

Please bring your maternity records, your ‘looking after yourself’ booklet and the screening tests with you.

Research: Studies of Human Pregnancy and Preterm Birth

We are studying the patient journey involved in normal pregnancy and labour as well as why preterm birth occur.  You may be approached by a member of the research team for your participation in the research and who will explain the study to you.  Written consent will be required should you agree to take part.