Maternity and obstetrics
Our maternity and obstetrics service provides care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, labour, and the postnatal period, usually through about 10 days after birth. We take pride in providing personalised, supportive services for all of our patients, whether your pregnancy is straightforward or highly complex.
Self-refer to our service
It is important to start your antenatal care early in your pregnancy, as soon as you find out you are pregnant. Use our online self-referral form to quickly refer to our maternity service.
- Maternity ultrasound
- Antenatal care
- Sunflower clinics
- Postnatal care
- Labour and birth
- Perinatal mental health
- Pre-pregnancy counselling
Care and resources
Our network of community midwives offers care close to home through several “midwifery group practices” across north west London for initial bookings and most subsequent antenatal appointments. Click here to learn more about our community clinics.
If you require more complex care due to one or more medical disorders, or if your pregnancy is deemed high-risk, you will be referred to one of our consultant-led specialist services.
Our maternity helpline is available from 10.00 to 17.30 Monday through Friday and is operated by experienced midwives. This has been developed to provide women and their families with direct and easy access to maternity-related information.
Phone: 020 3312 6135
If you are planning to have your baby with us and you think you are in labour, please call the appropriate triage line as soon as possible.
Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital: 020 3313 4240
St Mary’s Hospital: 020 3312 5814
Learn more about what will happen and what to do when you are in labour.
Where to have your baby
We offer several options to women who choose our maternity and obstetrics service. We offer most of the same services at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and at St Mary’s hospitals, so you can choose the location that is most convenient. You can work with your midwife and/or consultant to determine the most appropriate place for you to give birth: at home, at our birth centres, or on our labour wards. Your care will be safe, supportive and personalised in all of these locations.
We also offer a private maternity service in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital and at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. For further information please visit our private healthcare website.
Amenity and super-amenity rooms
We are pleased to offer amenity and super-amenity rooms to our NHS patients who wish to recover from labour in a quieter setting. Additionally, you are welcome to explore the private maternity services offered by our partner, Imperial Private Healthcare.
Our history and research
Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital is the oldest maternity hospital in the UK and is internationally renowned for its excellence in the care of women with complex medical and obstetric problems. It is also home to the oldest operating milk bank in the world. In addition, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea is home to the Women’s Health Research Centre, which is dedicated to improving the health outcomes of women and their babies.
We are currently piloting the use of baby boxes Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital. If you have any questions about the baby box pilot, please email imperial.Babybox@nhs.net. Read a blog post by Karen Joash, consultant obstetrician at the Trust, to learn more about this pilot project.
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Trust pioneers parent-delivered care for premature babies
Parents of premature babies are being given a much greater role in the care of their children thanks to a pioneering new approach to neonatal care being introduced at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
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Trust pilots smallest ever UK nappy to help premature babies
New nappies specifically designed to meet the needs of premature babies are to be piloted at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s two neo-natal intensive care units. The range of new nappies, developed by Pampers in partnership with Bliss, the…
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Imperial College Healthcare features in new TV series showing the real-life decisions, challenges and achievements of the NHS
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust features in a new documentary, following staff and patients at its five hospitals – Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, St Mary’s and the Western Eye – to be broadcast on BBC Two from…
Why I wanted to bring baby boxes to the UK
Dr Karen Joash
Using a cardboard box to house a sleeping newborn has been traditional in Finland for nearly 80 years. Now, for the first time in the UK, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust will be offering boxes to women who give birth at Queen Charlotte’s &…
Me and my partner received great support and friendly advice throughout the whole pregnancy, labour and after care. Overall the experience me and my partner had at the Queen Charlotte's birth centre was amazing. We would definitely return and recommend to anyone.Anonymous
We couldn't have had a better experience. The staff were incredibly supportive and knowledgeable, helping my wife to deliver with confidence and peace. I definitely recommend the birth centre and would happily go back.Anonymous
I was looked after exceptionally well. During delivery, the care you receive is fantastic. I was looked after by midwives and their colleagues and I am extremely thankful for all of their help and support during those difficult and tender moments. They were fantastic and so I am extremely grateful for the help and support I received.Aparna