Maternity and obstetrics

About

Maternity

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. 

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Sub specialties

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 labour ward as soon as possible.

Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital: 020 3313 3900/3025
St Mary’s Hospital: 020 3312 1060/1722

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.


Additional information

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 babybox@imperial.nhs.uk. Read a blog post by Karen Joash, consultant obstetrician at the Trust, to learn more about this pilot project. 

Join our team

We’re looking for exceptional midwives to join our team. Learn more about working for us and search for vacancies.

Take our friends and family test learn more

Would you recommend our maternity services to your friends and family? Let us know by completing our friends and family test. Your comments will help us to make changes and take immediate action when there’s a problem.

Review the results

St Marys birth centre
 

I would 100 per cent recommend the birthing centre at St Mary's Hospital to anyone with a low-risk pregnancy who would like a natural birth. Superb midwives and a wonderful room!

Anonymous
Baby
 

We found the staff we encountered on our journey exemplary. The surgical team did an outstanding job delivering our baby and the midwife team who supported us throughout our stay were amazing day and night. We would recommend this hospital to anyone having a baby.

Anonymous
Maternity
 

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
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