Lagan Valley Hospital Maternity
Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) is a stand alone Maternity Unit staffed and run by a team of highly skilled experienced Midwives. We offer a homely, relaxed, supportive atmosphere, catering for all women who wish to have a birth with no medical interventions.
Close support continues after your baby is born, usually with a short stay in the unit following the birth, with continuity provided by Midwives following discharge.
If normal spontaneous labour occurs between 37 and 42 weeks, mum can have her baby in the unit provided:
- She is in good health
- She is pregnant with only one baby
- There are no complications in this pregnancy
- There have been no complications in any previous pregnancy
- This applies to all pregnancies from the first to the sixth
If a situation arises that medical intervention is required, the Midwife will arrange a smooth timely transfer to a Consultant-led Unit. The Midwife will travel with the mum, providing support on the way.
As soon as you have a positive pregnancy test you can now refer yourself directly for maternity care within the South Eastern HSC Trust.
Please complete the form below and upon receipt of it Lagan Valley midwives will arrange the first booking appointment for you, and also notify your GP of your pregnancy.
Please return your completed form by post to:
Midwifery Led Unit
Lagan Valley Hospital
39 Hillsborough Road
Alternatively, you can email completed forms to:
The facilities have been designed to help you relax, and with your wellbeing and comfort in mind.
The unit has four birthing rooms, three with fantastic pools. They are all new comfortable, spacious, purpose built ensuite rooms. All rooms are equipped with flat screen televisions and contain birth mats, birth balls, and other equipment to help you remain active, move about and adopt positions you find most comfortable during your labour and birth. Feel free to bring your own music.
We welcome the presence of a birth partner. We provide a sofa bed in the room for a family member to remain overnight with you and your baby should you choose.
We promote a family friendly, home-like environment, and do not place any restrictions on visiting following the birth of your baby.
Access and Visiting
We promote a family friendly, home like environment, and do not place any restrictions on visiting following the birth of your baby.
The Midwifery Led Unit (MLU) is situated on the first floor of the hospital and can be accessed via stairs or a lift. Access into the MLU is gained via a security intercom system. Please contact your Midwife when you are in labour or if you need advice on when to come to hospital.
Two birthing partners are welcome to support you during labour and birth.
The Midwife will be able to provide you with further information. A Midwife is available in the MLU 24 hrs a day to help you with any queries.
Contact Telephone: (028) 9263 3534 (Direct line 24 hrs)
Educational Workshops Lagan Valley Hospital
Active Birth Workshops
We provide active birth workshops at Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit. Anyone wishing to attend our workshops is welcome, regardless of which hospital they are booked into for their birth. We provide two evening sessions for you and your birthing partner. These can be booked by contacting your Midwife.
Antenatal Breastfeeding Workshop
This workshop will help you to feel more confident about feeding your baby, by giving you information out how breastfeeding works, latching your baby on, and advice on how to prevent some common difficulties.
This is a two hour session. The best time to take the class is around 28-34weeks pregnant, but later in pregnancy is fine.
To reserve a place on the workshop, please contact the Midwife at Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit – Telephone: (028) 9263 3534.
You are welcome to visit the unit for breast feeding support following the birth of your baby is needed.
Reflexology is wonderful in pregnancy. It is a non-invasive complimentary therapy that uses pressure points on the hands and/or feet to help restore calmness, harmony and balance to the body. It is also a great opportunity to relax and put your feet up.
If you are interested in having reflexology, please contact the Midwife at Lagan Valley Midwifery Led Unit – Telephone: (028) 9263 3534 and speak to one of our qualified reflexology Midwives who can provide you with further information and answer any questions that you may have.
Baby massage can be relaxing for mum and baby. Massage has lots of physical benefits and for babies can play a vital role in circulation, digestion and growth. Baby massage classes are available in the Midwifery Led Unit. They are available for babies from eight weeks old and upwards. It is a four week course. You will need to bring along some organic sunflower oil.
To book a course for you and your baby, please contact the Midwifery Led Unit and ask for one of our qualified baby massage Midwives.
Newborn Hearing Screening Service
Your baby will be given a series of routine health checks in the first few weeks of life. This will include a hearing screen. The screening test will be done in the unit before you go home or within the first few weeks of life.
Aqua Natal Yoga Classes
Aqua Natal Yoga is a great way to exercise when you are pregnant even if you’ve not been to regular exercise classes. Now women can attend Aqua Natal Yoga classes at Lagan Valley LeisurePlex provided by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. These classes are delivered by Royal College of Midwives Accredited Practitioners.
Those interested in booking Aqua Natal Yoga Classes can contact Lagan Valley LeisurePlex on Telephone: (028) 9267 2121