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.
Our most recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, published July 2019, rated our maternity service at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and St Mary’s hospitals as ‘outstanding’, the first such rating for a maternity service in London.
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. Find out how you can self-refer to our service.
- Antenatal care
- Labour and birth
- Maternity ultrasound
- Perinatal mental health
- Postnatal care
- Pre-pregnancy counselling
- Sunflower clinics
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.
North west London mum and baby app
The free north west London mum & baby app, created by midwives in our area, offers you the chance to explore local maternity services, track your appointments, and keep your care notes all in one place. It is available for download on Apple and Android devices — just search 'mum & baby' in your app store.
Imperial Private Healthcare
We offer private maternity services at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, and all profits are reinvested in NHS and private services at the Trust. Visit the Imperial Private Healthcare website for details. We also offer private room upgrades for NHS patients – please speak to the maternity team for further information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Read a blog post by Karen Joash, consultant obstetrician at the Trust, to learn more about this pilot project.
Learn more about our birth centres, where midwives can support you to have a natural birth.
Find out how we support women in our catchment area who choose to give birth at home.
Our labour wards are designed for women who have experienced complications during their current pregnancy, or a previous pregnancy or labour.
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Improved quality ratings for critical care and children and young people services plus London’s first ‘outstanding’ rating for maternity care
National inspectors have improved their quality ratings for a range of Trust services including awarding the first ‘outstanding’ rating for a maternity unit in London.
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New device brings breathing support to maternity patients
Maternity ward patients at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital can breathe easy thanks to a brand-new device providing non-invasive respiratory support to patients in the High Dependency Unit.
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UK's first milk bank celebrates 80th anniversary
Trust's milk bank celebrates 80 years of providing breast milk to preterm and unwell babies.
Why I wanted to bring baby boxes to the UK
Dr Karen Joash
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is first in the UK to offer baby boxes and access to Baby Box university to new parents. Consultant obstetrician Miss Karen Joash explains why she wanted to bring baby boxes to our hospitals.
From start to finish, we had an amazing experience and received outstanding care and support. My husband and I felt in safe hands from the moment we arrived. We can’t express how grateful we are to the midwives at St Mary's for giving us such a wonderful birth experience. Thank you and please keep doing this great work.Shula
I would like to thank the midwives, nurses and staff we dealt with for their excellent job at delivering a positive birthing experience for my wife and son. All the way through, the staff at St Mary's were friendly, helpful, knowledgable and professional.Anonymous
I am absolutely 100 per cent happy with the maternity ward at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital. They were all amazing in the theatre. The after care was great too. They always told me and informed me about everything. I loved the way they treated me. I can strongly recommend this hospital for anybody who plans to give birth.Anonymous