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Alongside midwifery units (AMUs)

Alongside midwifery units are based within hospitals but are separate from obstetric units. Midwives take responsibility for your care during labour and support you to have a spontaneous vaginal birth. If you or your baby need specialist medical care or you decide to have an epidural for pain relief, you will need to be transferred to an obstetric unit on the same site. Transfer will normally be by bed or wheelchair.

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