Having your baby in hospital
The Delivery Suite teams at both hospitals care for all women opting to birth in hospital. Women are seen in the Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC) on admission. From there, a plan is made with you regarding your on-going care in labour.
You can contact Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC) to speak to a midwife once you think you labour has begun and/or if you have any bleeding or your waters have broken and/or you have any other concerns about yourself or your baby:
For Leeds General Infirmary telephone – 0113 3926731
For St James’s Hospital telephone – 0113 2065781
When you come to the hospital you will need to provide your own transport. In an emergency, a midwife may arrange an ambulance for you, but please ring MAC rather than emergency services if you have a pregnancy related problem, or feel unwell.
Bring your pregnancy notes with you; we will need them when you come in.
Use the Our Hospitals pages for additional help with planning your journey.
The accommodation on the Delivery Suite is arranged in single rooms, some with en-suite provision. The rooms can be adapted to support your plans for birth from an active birth through to interventions such as an epidural. There is a 24 hour on site anaesthetic service. Each site has an adjacent neonatal service.
There are water birth facilities available at both hospitals. We support personalised plans for early transfer home.
Information leaflets and videos
- My Maternity Journey
- Your choice…. The birth of your baby
- My Pregnancy Notes
- Coping with the Latent Phase of Labour
- Induction of Labour
- Caesarean Section leaflet
- Pelvic Floor Muscle exercises and bladder advice
- Postnatal Care and Support
- Preparing for an early baby (before 37 weeks)
- Taking care of your emotional wellbeing before, during and after pregnancy
- Video: What to Pack
- Video: Pain Relief and Water Birth
- Video: Hormones in Labour
- Video: Early Labour
- Video: Active Labour, 2nd Stage and Delivery
- Video: 3rd Stage of Labour