The Midwife Unit in Perth offers care to low risk mothers who:
- are expecting a single baby
- are in good health
- have had no complications in this or other pregnancies
- are expecting your first or subsequent baby.
We offer continuous, 24 hour telephone advice.
Our team of skilled midwives can assess you in the CMU. If you have any concerns, please call 01738 473425 to speak with a midwife.
Parent Education courses for expectant parents
Before Birth – Antenatal preparation for birth courses are available in Perth Midwife Unit.
Preparing for Labour and Birth course
This follows the progression of labour, birth and the early postnatal days. We will discuss issues that are important to you such as:
- Coping strategies for labour, including some practical work on birth positions
- Use of equipment such as birth balls, mats, bean bags etc
- Role of birthing partner
- Using birth pool during labour
- How the birth environment can optimise the chances of a ‘normal’ birth.
- Discuss dealing with complications
- The emotional journey of becoming a parent.
- First few weeks of life with your new baby
- Bonding, attachment and babies development.
You can attend this course with your partner/friend/relative or on your own.
Some quotes from past participants.
“Great class for getting a good idea of what to expect before during and after birth.”
“Informal, approachable midwives, fun and interesting.”
“We feel much more confident”
“Sharing the experience with others in the same situation.”
Infant feeding workshop
This informal class aims to give you confidence through information and practical skills to cope with the early weeks of feeding your baby. We cover topics such as
- Skin-to-skin contact
- Feeding cues (knowing when your baby is hungry)
- How much do babies need
- Baby-led feeding
- Maternal diet and nutrition
There is a small dedicated team of physiotherapists based in the Maternity Building. We can provide specialist advice for women. See physiotherapy page for links to information.
We offer a relaxed, homely atmosphere, with one to one care and support in labour. We make use of natural methods of pain relief such as freedom to move around, massage, bean bags, birthing balls, music and water. These have been shown to help women cope with labour. Please feel free to bring in your own favourite music. One to one care is provided throughout your labour.
Other methods of pain relief available are TENS, Entonox (gas and air), and Diamorphine injection.
Many mothers have used our birthing pools for labour and birth. The water is a very effective method of pain relief and aids relaxation.
Following the birth, Partners are welcome to stay overnight with you (subject to room availability) if you give birth in Perth. Please ask your midwife or contact us for more information.
Expert advice is available from all our staff to assist you to feed and care for your new baby. We are internationally recognised as a Baby-Friendly Unit. A 24hr drop in service for mothers who feel that they would benefit from additional support is available following their discharge home from the Midwife Unit in Perth or our Consultant Unit at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
Breastfeeding support is available from your midwife, breastfeeding support workers, breastfeeding support volunteers (telephone), your health visitor and national support lines
We also run breastfeeding support groups in Perth, Kinross and Coupar Angus. For details contact breastfeeding support workers on 01738 473259