Care in labour
If you are in labour, please phone the Midwife Led Unit or Obstetric Labour Ward for further advice (This includes if you are having a planned homebirth.). The midwifery staff will advise if and when you need to come into hospital. If you are having a hospital birth research has shown that staying at home in a familiar environment can be beneficial in establishing labour. You may once you have been seen, be advised to go home and wait until labour establishes. Contact with the midwives can be maintained by telephone and admission can be arranged at anytime.
If you are to be induced or to have an elective Caesarean Section, a date and time for admission will be given to you. Occasionally, your induction or caesarean section may be delayed because of emergencies in the delivery suite.
Your progress in labour will be regularly monitored. We will also be monitoring your baby’s heartbeat during labour. If we are concerned about your baby’s heart beat, we may take a fetal blood sample which is a very accurate way of checking how your baby is coping.
As well as having birth pools for a water labour or birth, we also have birthing balls, cushions, beanbags and birthing mats for your use.
If you are not in labour but think you need to be seen or just want advice and cannot speak to your midwife, please phone the Triage Department (via the switchboard).
A Paediatrician may be present for your baby’s birth.
For more information contactNHS Fife, Switchboard
Tel: 01592 643355
By Post: NHS Fife, Hayfield House Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH