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Fatima Allam Birth Centre

The Fatima Allam Birth Centre is an Alongside Midwifery Led Unit situated on the Labour & Delivery Suite on the 2nd floor of the Hull Women & Children’s Hospital. The environment is more homely, and the focus is on birth without medical intervention. Our ethos puts women at the centre of their own care; supporting them in making decisions about how they want to give birth whilst ensuring safe and high quality care is maintained.

The Birth Centre is staffed 24 hours by midwives who provide midwifery led one-to-one care to women who have uncomplicated pregnancies. We have a team of midwifery assistants working on the Birth Centre who work in partnership with women and midwives to provide supportive, individualised care.

There are 3 en-suite birthing rooms that are designed for women to stay in throughout labour, birth and after birth until transfer home or to the postnatal ward should this be required. Two birth partners (adults) can be present throughout your whole stay here on the Fatima Allam Birth Centre.

The Fatima Allam Birth Centre has a friendly home-from-home atmosphere which can help women feel more relaxed. The spacious birthing rooms are beautifully presented with dimmed and coloured mood lighting, with facilities to allow women to play their own music via CD or Bluetooth.

Each room has a birthing pool providing women with the option of using water to assist their movement, encourage relaxation during labour and birth. The Fatima Allam Birth Centre is an ideal place for healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies, who do not want a home birth, and yet don’t want or need a hospital-like facility. Women may consider birthing here if they would like to use different coping methods such as birthing mats, balls and stools; these help women to adopt different positions to aid their comfort throughout labour and birth. We also support the personal use of complementary therapies and TENS machines which have been agreed in the plan of care made by the woman and her midwife.

If you’re a healthy first time mum and having a straightforward pregnancy, planning to give birth in a birth centre is particularly suitable for you because it’s as safe for your baby as planning to give birth in a labour ward, and you’re less likely to have medical interventions. Similarly if this is your second, third or fourth baby then birth in a birth centre is as safe as giving birth in a labour ward but with a reduced chance of medical interventions. If you’re unsure about being eligible for a birth centre birth please speak to your midwife or contact 01482 607860.


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East Yorkshire Hypnobirthing

Hypnobirthing techniques will enable you to have a calm, relaxed & safe birth. Most Hypnobirthing mums experience shorter labours and without the need for any pain relief. You will gain the knowledge to be in complete control at all times, making your birth experience a positive one.

East Yorkshire Hypnobirthing is run by Sandra Stones, her course is acknowledged and recommended by midwives in Hull and East Yorkshire. For more information please contact her on 01482 845952 or email sandra.stones@hotmail.co.uk


Goodwin Volunteer Doula Project

Could you benefit from free, emotional and practical support through pregnancy, birth and beyond?

A doula will provide 121 ante natal support with bag packing, birth planning, birth support if required and 6 weeks of postnatal care for you and your baby.

Call Goodwin to find out more on 01482 497811 or email doulaproject@goodwintrust.org


HMB Natural Health

Heather Barnes is a qualified aromatherapist, antenatal teacher and doula and has over 20 years experience delivering training and working with families.

She is offering a range of aromatherapy treatments during pregnancy and postnatally, including massage, facials, reiki, ‘Closing the Bones’ postnatal treatments and preparing for birth sessions.
She can also provide a range of aromatherapy oils and blends to use antenatally, for during labour and postnatally.  The oils can aid relaxation, strengthen contractions and also support postnatal healing.

Heather works from her home in Anlaby, where she has a wonderfully relaxing space set up to offer treatments.  She can also provide gift vouchers and does offers if you buy sets of three antenatal massage treatments.

For more information contact Heather on 07980 310454 or email heather@hmbnaturalhealth.co.uk.


Hull & East Yorkshire Home Birth Group

The Hull and East Yorkshire Home Birth Support Group was set up in October 2011 by local women who have all given birth to their children at home, and want to be able to support other parents to have a positive home birth experience.

The group currently meets on the third Monday evening/day time of each month and is also attended by local midwives, doulas, hypnobirthing practitioners, breastfeeding peer supporters and antenatal teachers, many of whom have had home births themselves, and can offer additional information and support.  Everyone is welcome – partners, along with other birth partners, other children and friends.  The meetings are a great opportunity to meet other people who have had or are having a home birth, ask any questions, seek reassurance and support.

For more info check out their website here or follow them on facebook.


Hull Women & Children’s Hospital Expectant Parent Evening – HEY Baby Carousel

Hull Women & Childrens Hospital, Anlaby Road, Hull.

Are you expecting a baby? Then you might like to join us for our HEY Baby carousel event!

Between 6 and 8pm our midwives will be joined by representatives of 20 different groups and organisations, offering information about breastfeeding, hypnobirthing, home births, the new Midwifery Led Unit and much more. We’ll be welcoming friends from Us Mums and Goodwin along, and Mumbler will be there too!

The event is free – email heybaby@hey.nhs.uk for more information or just drop in to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital anytime between 6 and 8pm that evening. Hope to see you there!

Event runs monthly on the last Wednesday of each month.


Lisa Boston – Doula

Lisa Boston is a doula covering Hull and the East Riding. Contact her on 07518 163992 or lisa@bump2birth.net


Opportunities to become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter or Doula

The Goodwin Trust are always looking for local mums to become Breastfeeding Peer Supporters or Doula’s (offering support to local pregnant women in the final stages of pregnancy and labour).

Intakes are twice a year in April and October. If you are interested please get in touch with The Goodwin Trust by emailing gsharp@goodwintrust.org.