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Penrice Birthing Centre
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We are pleased to announce that from the 8th of April 2019 Penrice Birth Centre will be manned 24hours a day once again, not only for labour care but for postnatal stays following the birth of your baby and assessments during day and night.

NHS Mid-wife led birth unit.

This hospital has a UNICEF Baby Friendly Certificate of Commitment for breastfeeding.

  • Births (1998) 316
  • Baby Friendly
  • Certificate of Commitment for breastfeeding
  • Transfer rate to consultant unit %
  • Nearest consultant unit: Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro
  • Distance to consultant unit: 18 road miles

Medical Procedures Available:

  • Inductions - No
  • Acceleration - No
  • Forceps - No
  • Ventouse - No
  • Emergency Caesareans - No
  • Elective Caesareans - No

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of labour
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room

      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 17 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+5 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies

  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 2 Birthing room(s)
    • 1 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 1 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)

  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

Your stay after you've given birth

  • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
  • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 0-4 hours after the birth
  • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can't come back to the birth centre postnatally

Who to contact

01726 873083
Booking phone number: 01726 873083
Emergency contact: 01872 258000

To book call: 01726 873079

If in labour call: 01726 873079 or emergency contact 01872 258000

Where to go

Penrice Birth Centre
St Austell Community Hospital
Porthpean Road
St. Austell
PL26 6AA
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • There is a large enclosed garden.

  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • Open visiting

  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Parking spaces at the maternity unit

  • Parking
    • Free parking

Time / date details

When is it on?
Open 24 Hours a Day from 8th April 2019

Other details


Referral details

2 Birthing rooms available

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Pethidine
  • Birth pool

Birth facilities

  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV

  • Amenity rooms are not available.

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag Disabled toilet icon Wheelchair icon
How we make our service inclusive


  • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
  • Limited mobility: you will have your needs assessed and your care planned on an individual basis.
  • Hearing problems: signing interpretation services and information cards.
  • Sight problems: individual care planning and liaison with local and national services

Specialist midwifery teams

  • Antenatal Screening
  • Bereavement
  • Diabetes
  • Infant feeding
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Substance misuse
Staff SEND experience

  • Learning disabilities: you will be supported by the special parenting team.
  • Autism spectrum: you will be supported by the special parenting team.
  • We use 'TheBigWord' interpreting service. Contact the Patient Advice And Liaison Service (PALS) on 0187 225 2793 or
  • we use 'TheBigWord' interpreting service.
Support at key transition points

Specialist midwifery teams

  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Vulnerable women
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