Students can experience practical placements in a variety of settings. Our strong links to NHS Trusts across Birmingham and Solihull allow us to offer placements across the region and ensure that student learning reflects current practice.
Here are some of the hospitals you could be placed in for the practical element of your course.
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
The Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust provides midwifery, obstetric, neonatal and gynaecological services to women and their families in South Birmingham.
Approximately 8,000 babies are born each year within the maternity unit, with a small but increasing number being born at home under the care of the home birth team.
The Trust has developed a team-based, integrated model of midwifery care, and midwives are the designated lead professionals for the care of low-risk women.
Community midwifery teams, some of which are based in children's centres to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach to practice. A Consultant Midwife is also in post.
Services and Facilities
The Birmingham Women's Hospital is a regional referral centre for obstetric and neonatal services and offers speciality services that include:
- Fetal medicine
- Clinical genetics
- Assisted conception
It also acts as a clinical site for ultrasound training and offers Day Assessment Unit facilities.
The hospital has 142 adult beds and a delivery suite comprising 12 delivery rooms (with water birth facilities), two high dependency obstetric beds and three rooms which are available for women with special needs.
The hospital has dedicated obstetric and gynaecology operating theatres and a purpose-built Birth Centre. A new, purpose-built Neonatal Unit provides a greater capacity for babies requiring specialist and intensive care.
The philosophy of the Birth Centre is to promote normality. There are five rooms designed as bedrooms with en-suite facilities and a birthing pool room. Women wishing to use the Birth Centre have to fulfil set criteria. It has an increasing number of midwives trained in the use of aromatherapy for childbirth.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
The maternity unit at City Hospital is situated within an inner-city area and provides services to the multicultural residents of West Birmingham and the surrounding areas.
Approximately 3,200 babies are born each year to local women and their families. At present, midwives provide holistic midwifery care within hospital and community settings. A Consultant Midwife is in post who leads the promotion of normal birth.
The delivery suite offers 14 delivery rooms and the Serenity Birth Centre facilitates low-risk births, including use of pools and complementary therapies. The rooms are designed to allow partners to stay and support the women before, during and after the birth. The neonatal unit is a sub-regional referral unit offering neonatal intensive care facilities for babies from in and around the area. The state-of-the-art Halcyon birth centre has also now been opened to cater for more women requesting a low intervention childbirth experience in the Sandwell area.
Heart of England Foundation Trust and Community
(Incorporating the Princess of Wales Unit in Bordesley Green, Solihull community area and Good Hope Hospital)
Students at the Heart of England Foundation Trust will gain hospital and community midwifery experience across three sites. A well-established midwifery speciality within the Trust is early fetal screening combined with appropriate counselling support. Midwives within the Trust are also working towards maintaining baby-friendly status. The Trust has approximately 12,000 births which are catered for over the two main sites.
Princess of Wales Women's Unit (Heartlands)
This is the larger of the two units with 64 obstetric beds based over three wards, 11 delivery rooms and a dedicated theatre complex. Supporting services consist of an Antenatal Clinic, Ultrasound Department, Day Assessment Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Administration Department. In 2010, a new suite of birth rooms opened to cater for low-risk births. This busy, inner city maternity unit provides both low- and high-risk care for a diverse population spanning wide socio-economic, racial and cultural groups. There are approximately 4,400 births annually.
This hospital is located in the centre of Solihull. It currently provides antenatal clinic and ultrasound facilities and community based care. A midwife led low-risk birth centre is also located on this site.
Good Hope (Sutton Coldfield)
The unit is located in a largely residential area of Sutton Coldfield, in North Birmingham, and provides care for significant numbers of women from towns in South East Staffordshire. A full range of maternity services is provided.
The unit aims to maintain the balance between midwife-led care and the involvement of obstetric specialists. The midwife is the lead professional providing midwife-led care for low-risk women, and women with high-risk pregnancies experience care shared between consultant obstetricians, who are the lead professional, hospital based midwife teams and GPs.
Specialist midwives are in post for antenatal screening, smoking cessation, breastfeeding, diabetes, a post-birth listening service and aromatherapy. There is a nurse-led Pregnancy Assessment Unit.
We also have a Family Services Counsellor within the unit, who provides a confidential counselling and bereavement support service for both antenatal and postnatal women. Approximately 3,000 babies are born each year on this site, the majority within the newly refurbished delivery suite, with a small but increasing number being born at home.