Essential building work at Stroud Maternity Unit

Expectant mothers are being reminded that the Maternity Unit at Stroud will be closed for 24 hours to enable builders to undertake essential work on the building.

Between 4pm on 6th May (Bank Holiday Monday) and 4pm on 7th May, expectant mothers can opt for a home birth, to attend the Birth Unit in Gloucester, the Birth Unit at Cheltenham or to give birth at the Delivery Suite in Gloucestershire Royal. Expectant mothers should discuss the option most suitable for them with their community midwife if they haven’t done so already.

Following the above closure, Stroud Maternity will continue to offer the opportunity to give birth in the Stroud Maternity Unit, however, on-going work will mean that water births will not be available at the Unit for approximately eight weeks. Throughout this time a water birth service can be provided at home, at the Gloucester Birth Unit and the Cheltenham Birth Unit.

Further advice and information about the above can be discussed with the community midwife and each of these services can be found on the Maternity Services pages on our website with virtual tours of each location at

Please do not hesitate to contact your community midwife should you have any concerns.

We would like to thank women for their patience and understanding at this time.