Consultant Led Unit
Consultant Led Unit (CLU)
Welcome to the Consultant Led Unit at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy. In this unit you will be seen and cared for by a team of dedicated, friendly midwives, doctors and support staff who will work in partnership with you and your family to provide a positive birthing experience.
In the CLU we care for women who choose to birth in the CLU, have
pre-existing medical conditions, complex pregnancies or require additional monitoring in labour. While we recognise complexities we strive to promote normality as far as possible, encouraging mobilisation, relaxation techniques, massage and use of birthing balls.
We have nine rooms within the CLU for labouring women, one of which has a birthing pool. All of our rooms have en-suite facilities and are equipped with soft furnishing to make it a more home from home environment. Most rooms have a drop down neonatal resuscitaire should your baby require help at birth. When in labour, if required you will be reviewed regularly by the on call team of doctors, who will, along with you, your birthing partner and your midwife discuss plans of care. We have an open visting policy for birthing partners within the CLU and we request that you limit your birthing partners to two, this is guidance and individual family circumstances will always be taken into account.
In the CLU we encourage natural methods of pain relief. We support HypnoBirthing and have a number of midwives trained in this. Inhalational analgesia known as Entonox or an injection of Diamorphine can be provided. If further pain relief is required we can offer an epidural in established labour. The midwife who is providing your care will be able to discuss the all the options with you and your birthing partner
There is a dedicated theatre for elective and emergency procedures. One birthing partner may accompany you to theatre. If a general anaesthetic is required your partner will remain in CLU and will be taken to theatre by a member of staff to meet you baby when he/she has been born.
When to phone in for advice?
- If you have any concerns regarding baby’s movements
- Any vaginal bleeding
- Any vaginal fluid loss
- Regular painful contractions
- Any pregnancy related concerns
There is always someone at the end of the telephone who will listen to your concerns and advise you on what steps to take next.
Once you have had your baby you will then be transferred to the Maternity ward within a couple of hours or home if there are no complications, approximately six to twelve hours following birth.
Contact telephone number
‘A place where everyone
Honours you and the work you will do in labour,
Speaks quietly and moves slowly and gently,
Respects your need to be spontaneous – to eat, drink make sounds, move around, cry, shout, laugh,
Treats you and your baby as fully conscious and sensitive beings.’
HypnoBirthing Marie Mongon.
For more information contactNHS Fife, Switchboard
Tel: 01592 643355
By Post: NHS Fife, Hayfield House Hayfield Road Kirkcaldy Fife KY2 5AH