Midwife led unit

When you have your first antenatal appointment your midwife will explain the different birthing options you can choose from.

The midwife-led unit at the Lister hospital has been developed to offer a home from home environment for women in good general health with an uncomplicated pregnancy to have their baby. Not all women will be able to give birth in the midwife-led unit.

If you remain well and your pregnancy is uncomplicated at 36 weeks you will be booked in to the MLU unless you prefer to have your baby at home or in the consultant-led unit (CLU).

When you are in established labour you will be encouraged to remain mobile to help facilitate an easier birth. If available, you may use one of our pools when you are in established labour. Gas and air, water and morphine are all available on the MLU. Epidural is not, but can be obtained if necessary downstairs in the CLU. If we had any concerns about you or your baby during your labour, you would be transferred downstairs to the CLU .

Midwife led unit (MLU) Consultant led unit (CLU)
7 birthing rooms with en suite bathrooms 9 birthing rooms with en suite bathrooms
Home from home environment Modern comfortable purpose built rooms
One to one care when in established labour One to one care when in established labour
Individual birthing plan Individual birthing plan
Four birthing pools available One birthing pool available
Lower risk pregnancies Higher risk pregnancies
Pain relief available, no epidural can be given Pain relief available including epidural

What to bring with you

Please bring your green notes with you when you come in for an appointment, scan or to have your baby. When coming into have your baby please bring:

  • Nightwear
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Wash things
  • Sanitary towels
  • Underwear
  • Nursing bra
  • Breast pads
  • Nappies
  • Cotton wool
  • Baby clothes and hat


We realise babies don’t come at set times, if you are hungry, please ask the staff to provide you with a menu at any time.

Visiting & Going home

Visiting times are flexible but at the discretion of the midwives on the MLU, taking into account the needs of the other women. The woman’s own children may visit but no others. As you are likely to be going home soon after the birth, it may be best to wait for visitors at home. As women generally go home between 2 and 24 hours following the birth we do not allow flowers or balloons in the MLU. If all is well following the birth of your baby and you are both fit and well, we encourage you to go home within 24hours to the care of the community midwives who will provide your continuing care in your own home.

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If you want to know more about your options, please talk to your community midwife or call us on 01438 286197 our midwives will be happy to help you.

  • Click here to access more information in our Maternity leaflets

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