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Private C-section in Manchester area

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Trixy3 Sat 14-May-11 19:06:58

Does anyone know hospitals in Manchester/ Greater Manchester that offer private C-sections? If so, how much does it cost and which hospitals would you recommend?

mumblemumhome4lunch Sat 14-May-11 20:59:18

Can't help directly with your query as wrong part of the country.

Just thought I would say this....please bare in mind that if you go to a private hospital for a section then they don't always have the facilities to deal with any potential medical emergancy that might arise (like intensive care unit for you or special care baby unit). Ceasareans are not a risk free option so be sure you ask the questions about what the risk are and how they can cope with them.

best of luck with your birth

BagofHolly Sat 14-May-11 21:44:48

Mumble, there's only ONE totally private hospital in the UK which performs C sections and that's The Portland. They do have emergency facilities, and a NICU and SCBU. All other hospitals offering private CS are NHS hospitals with private wards and with the exception of Watford, are all in London.

Trixy3 Sun 15-May-11 18:58:59

Thank you - that was very helpful!

QTPie Sun 15-May-11 21:14:10


Some people do travel to London for private births: we did (from Bath), but it is not uncommon for people to travel quite some distance. If you are having an ELCS then that can ease matters - although you have to get a move on down to London if you start natural labour before your section date!

Full private CS births cost inthe region of £11k to £15k (depending on hospital, consultant and number of nights as inpatient). Knutsford Suite, at Watford, is quite a bit cheaper.

You could do a search (or ask around) to see is there are any obstetricians practicing privately in Manchester. I tried in the Bath/Bristol area and there was only one obs who took private patients, but he only really did antenatal care - he couldn't guarantee to be around for the birth (lot of use that would be!). He also only practiced at NHS hospitals (no private hospitals offering maternity care here or NHS hospitals with private wings). That is why we went to London: sounds crazy, but it was great.


QTPie Sun 15-May-11 21:24:19 offers private maternity care in the Manchester area, but doesn't cover C Sections: more homebirths, private IMs, doulas etc.

nunnie Mon 16-May-11 10:31:26

I looked into local private care and possible C-section (I am in Lancashire), there was nothing, it does appear to be a London thing. Travelling to London was not going to be an option for me. NHS have been good for my previous 2 so I have decided to stay with my local hospital.

Personally if you wish to go to London for C-section then that is entirely your choice, and there are quite a few options there. But if you labour early, I wouldn't advise travelling the far before seeking medical attention but that's is just my opinion.

4pudding Mon 16-May-11 19:08:21

I wouldn't fancy travelling that far post-section either, ten min trip home from the hospital was enough for me :-/

LaraCameron Wed 18-May-11 19:15:46

Hi! There is nothing in Manchester, but there is a center called "Reassur3d", in Sheffield. run by an NHS obstetrician and they perform private deliveries in a nearby NHS hospital. You can just google " reassur3d".
Its all explained on the website.
Maybe you can take an early maternity leave and stay near the hoapital the pvt doctor delivers in for about a month before your due date- so even if you labor early, its not a problem. I believe acc to uk law you can start your leave anytime after 11 weeks before due date.
Im going to do that when my time comes. A natural birth is bad enough, but a crowded NHS hospital will make it worse. Someone once told me that you can ask your gp to refer you to a local ob/gyn who does private deliveries in NHS hospitals. So just ask him and maybe he/ she can help you out.

Trixy3 Sat 21-May-11 10:58:46

This is all very interesting, thank you very much! I will try to make some more enquiries about private deliveries in NHS hospitals here in Manchester... In any case, I will try to get a private midwive, because I am scared that the NHS hospitals are understaffed during the time of my calculated delivery date (around Xmas)...

IgnitionPG Tue 12-Jul-11 15:56:41

Its probably too late but i just noticed this post... There actually is Reassur3ed in Manchester and few other places apart from Sheffield.

BagofHolly Tue 12-Jul-11 23:06:52

That's an interesting link. Seems that what you'd be paying for is the consultant care and time rather than facilities so you end up post delivery on an NHS ward.

TheSecondComing Wed 13-Jul-11 00:23:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DancingWind Wed 13-Jul-11 18:27:44

I looked at the website and private pregnancy care is only available in the Sheffield and Lincolnshire centres. Basic obstetric care for women who aren't pregnant is provided in all the other centres.
I'd post a link, but I don't know howsad

happywheezer Thu 14-Jul-11 16:37:08

They do private deliveries in Solihull. Have a look a MUMS.

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