If you think you may be in labour or need urgent advice, please contact the triage department on 01392 406616.
Our maternity service helps with around 4,000 births per year, on our labour ward, in our midwife-led birth centre at the RD&E, in Tiverton Birth Centre, or at home, supported by our home birth team.
Your named midwife will discuss your preferred place for birth with you and will help you make informed choices about where to have your baby. Please see the leaflet Where to have your baby for further information.
More on what we do
Whatever your needs, we are here to provide a high and safe standard of care for mothers and babies.
Our labour ward has 10 individual birthing rooms, one of which has a birthing pool. We have a dedicated obstetric theatre and recovery area. We also work closely with the hospital's highly-specialist neonatal intensive care service, providing care for sick and premature babies. Birth partners are welcome to be with you throughout the duration of a labour.
The Exeter birth unit cares for women who do not have any complications in their pregnancy. They have three birthing rooms, two of which have birthing pools. Last year (2019), about 18% of babies were born on the birth unit.
Our stand-alone birth unit is based at Tiverton hospital. Here, women without any complications in their pregnancy can receive midwife-led care for labour and birth. There are five postnatal beds for women and their babies at Tiverton birth centre. Women are able to transfer from Exeter to Tiverton for postnatal care if they wish.
If you decide to give birth at home, the ‘Elder’ team of midwives will be on hand to support you. If you are considering a home birth, please talk to your midwife and ask her to refer you to the team. About 2-3% of babies are born at home but we hope that this number will rise with a dedicated team.
Where to find us
RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW
Centre for Women's Health:
- Labour ward, level 2
- Exeter Birth Unit, level 2 01392 406607
Tiverton Birth Unit, Kennedy Way, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6NT
Exeter Birth Unit: 01392 406607
Tiverton Birth Unit: 01884 235410
Patient leaflets and documents
Information for healthcare professionals
Our Maternity Triage Service is available 24/7 to provide care and advice to women, midwives and GPs in all areas of antenatal, labour and postnatal care.