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The decision about where to have your baby is an important one. You do have choices, you are not limited to the closest location (e.g. you can live in Stroud but choose to give birth in Cheltenham), but these do depend on your individual needs.

Your midwife will talk through your options with you. Together you will make a final plan for your birth towards the end of your pregnancy, usually around 36 weeks.

Wherever you choose to have your baby, the place should feel right for you and you can change your mind at any time during your pregnancy.

The NHS website has lots of information on choosing your birth location, including advantages and considerations of each type of location. There is also a helpful list of questions you can ask your midwife to help you make a decision.

You may also wish to read this leaflet from the NHS on your choices for where to have your baby.

Which? Birth Choice is another great resource to help you make a decision.


Birth Units are run by midwives and are usually designed to feel more comfortable and homely than a hospital location. Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have developed the leaflet here to explain more about having a baby in a midwife led birth centre.

The NHS website provides information of the advantages and considerations of giving birth in a Birth Unit here.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have produced videos which offer a ‘virtual’ tour of the maternity units at Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud. Watch them here.

If later in your pregnancy you wish to visit the place where you plan to give birth, speak to your midwife as it may be possible for this to be arranged.

There are three birth units available in Gloucestershire.

Gloucester Birth Unit

Gloucester Birth Unit is a midwifery-led facility based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital’s Women’s Centre.

In the event that you need help from a doctor, need emergency assistance or would simply like an epidural, the hospital’s Delivery Suite is easily accessible on the floor below.


Find out more via the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website here.

Aveta Birth Centre, Cheltenham

Aveta Birth Centre is a free standing midwifery-led facility based at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Aveta is also home to community midwives and antenatal clinic so care can be provided throughout your pregnancy.


Find out more via the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website here.

Stroud Maternity Unit

Stroud Maternity Unit is a small midwife-led centre that’s home to about 300 births each year.

Stroud Maternity Unit also provides postnatal care and support. This is also available to mums who have given birth at other units.

Find out more via the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website here.


The Delivery Suite is a consultant-led facility based at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in the Women’s Centre. Whether you are receiving consultant-led care and will need the help of a doctor to deliver your baby, or you would simply like an epidural as pain relief during labour, the Delivery Suite is equipped to meet your needs.

On the Delivery Suite you will be offered the full range and choice of pain relief options, depending on your birth plan. Once you’ve had your baby, you’ll move to the Maternity Ward.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust have produced videos which offer a ‘virtual’ tour of The Delivery Suite at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Watch it here.

The NHS website provides information of the advantages and considerations of giving birth in a hospital setting here.

If later in your pregnancy you wish to visit the place where you plan to give birth, speak to your midwife as it may be possible for this to be arranged.

Watch the video below or find out more via the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website here.


In England, approximately one in 50 babies is born at home. For many women giving birth to their baby in familiar surroundings, supported by family and with the added reassurance of home comforts is very important.

If your pregnancy is considered to be suitable for midwifery-led care and you are fit and healthy, research shows a home birth is just as safe as a hospital birth for your second or subsequent baby.

Our midwives can help you decide if a home birth is right for you and, if you wish, can help you deliver your baby in your own home.

They will provide all the equipment you need for a home birth, including some types of pain relief. If you need any help or your labour is not progressing as well as it should, your midwife will arrange for you to be transferred to hospital.

Find out more via the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website here.

The NHS website provides information of the advantages and considerations of giving birth at home here.