Alongside Midwifery Units
Alongside midwifery units (AMUs) are usually situated within a hospital that provides obstetric care, close to the delivery (birthing) suite, or labour ward. Sometimes they are on the same site, but in a different building. AMUs provide care and support to women who are well and unlikely to have complications (low-risk), they are close to medical facilities and personnel should the woman need them. Women with uncomplicated pregnancies who book at an AMU frequently use a birth pool during labour, and have less medical intervention than if they gave birth in an obstetric unit. If a woman transfers to the obstetric unit during labour she might walk, go by a wheelchair, bed or trolley. For resources for alongside maternity units look here.