Labour Ward and Birth Centre - Royal Oldham

The maternity teams at the Northern Care Alliance would like to congratulate you on your pregnancy.  Becoming a parent is an exciting time and it is important that you get the right support, services, and care.  We are committed to offer you a high standard of maternity care and we can offer you a range of choices and services within the hospital, community, and home environment.

Having your baby at home  

Are you considering having your baby at home? Research suggests that having your baby at home can increase your chances of having a normal birth and reduce the risks of interventions in birth, such as assisted birth, caesarean section and reduces the need for medicinal pain relief (Birthplace study 2011).  Our community midwives are experienced in homebirth and are able to support and care for you and your family during this time. There are no restrictions on your family and friends being present to support you and you will be in a relaxed and familiar environment.  Please speak to you community midwife to discuss your birth options.

Having your baby in a birth centre

The birth centre at The Royal Oldham Hospital provides a home from home experience for our parents who would like to come into hospital to birth in a non-medical environment. There are water birth facilities, and our experienced midwives and maternity support workers will support you in labour with non-medicinal techniques, such as waterbirth, hypnobirthing, mobilisation, aromatherapy, and TENS machines. All rooms are en-suite and visiting for your birth partner is 24 hours a day.  We encourage a light diet throughout labour.

Having your baby on the Labour Ward

The labour ward cares for all women and birthing people who may have some medical or pregnancy complications, that require you and your baby to be monitored more closely. The labour ward has 11 birth rooms, a bereavement suite and two High dependency rooms where women receive enhanced medical care. We have 24 hour obstetric, and anaesthetic doctor cover and our experienced midwives will support your birth choices whilst monitoring you and your baby closely.  We can offer medical and non-medical forms of pain relief. Visiting is 24 hours a day for your birth partners, maximum number 2. The labour ward is attached to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Maternity theatres so if you or your baby require support from these areas we can transfer you quickly.

Contact us for advice 

The Birth Centre and Labour Ward are open all the time and you can call either the birth centre or maternity triage for advice.  Please attend with your support person and please bring your green notes.  If you have contracted Coronavirus or have symptoms of Coronavirus please let the team know prior to attending the hospital. 

The Labour Ward features 11 birth rooms all ensuite, 2 High dependency rooms and a bereavement suite. The Labour Ward is attached to Maternity Theatres and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We provide state of the art fetal monitoring throughout labour and we provide care along with midwives, maternity support workers, theatre nurses, anaesthetists, neonatologists and the NICU nursing team.

Your Birth Centre Team 

If you need advice prior to the birth of your baby, please contact our friendly Birth Centre team: 

Birth centre managers - Dawn Lee/ Marie-Cristina Ricci

Birth Centre Lead Nurse - Yvonne Taylor

Contact The Team

Birth Centre - Tel: 0161 627 8259

Where to find us

The Birth Centre and Labour ward are situated on the first floor at Royal Oldham hospital in the main hospital building.


The Royal Oldham Hospital

Rochdale Road



Your Labour Ward Team

Labour ward Manager – Donna Firth

Labour ward Lead – Yvonne Taylor

Contact Us

Labour Ward - Tel: 0161 627 8255

Where to find us

The Birth Centre and Labour ward are situated on the first floor at Royal Oldham hospital in the main hospital building.


The Royal Oldham Hospital

Rochdale Road



Towards the end of your pregnancy, you will have a choice about where you would like to give birth. You can choose to have your baby at home, in our birth centre or on the Labour Ward at The Royal Oldham Hospital.  

If there may be complications with your labour and the birth of your child, we may recommend that you deliver on our Labour Ward, so that additional obstetric care is available, should you need it.

You can discuss all options with your midwife or GP and decide what the best option is for you and your family.

If you decide to have an elective caesarean section, we will agree plans for your elective surgery date with you and you will get to meet your anaesthetist and obstetrician on the morning of your caesarean.

Wherever you decide to give birth, our aim is to give you the most positive birth experience possible, supported by our midwives and wider maternity team.

We have a range of patient information leaflets available on the following topics below. You can access this information via our NCA Patient Leaflet Library. These patient leaflets are also available via the Bounty app

Patient Information Leaflets 

Induction of labour

Breech presentation

Birth after caesarean section

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