We are a team of enthusiastic, experienced midwives and midwifery support workers. We are committed to providing care and supporting women who want to birth with minimal medical intervention. We offer a safe, calm and relaxed environment, respectful of women’s wishes.
Willow Suite is a midwifery lead unit (MLU) operating as an independent birth centre within the Princess Of Wales Maternity Unit, providing care for women with low-risk pregnancies. Willow suite is comprised of three birth rooms, two of which have en-suite facilities; the largest room also has a birthing pool. Each room has a birth ball, floor mats and massage instruments available to facilitate active labour.
Women choosing to come to Willow Suite are greeted in a friendly, welcoming manner, and music and subdued lighting is used to create a calm and relaxed ambiance. The emphasis here is to provide one-to-one care in a calm environment for women experiencing normal labour and birth. The unit has been designed to provide an intimate, comfortable enviornment where you can prepare to have your baby privately with the support of your birth partner(s) and one to one support from your midwife.
As a continuum of encouraging the natural processes of childbirth, we support skin to skin as soon as your baby is born with early transfer to your home directly from Willow suite.
Our midwives are passionate about supporting you to achieve the natural birth you wish for. However, in the event that you require additional help from a doctor, the hospital’s delivery suite is easily accessible on the floor below.
Women with low-risk pregnancies can contact Willow Suite direct for advice or admission, or can be referred from the Pregnancy Admissions Assessment Room (PAER), Delivery Suite, Maple Ward, Cedar Ward, Aspen Ward, or from their Community Midwife.