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.
- 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.
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.
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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Trust clinicians partnering with researchers to look at ways to prevent premature births
A new UK centre dedicated to investigating the causes of premature birth, involving clinicians from Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, opens today.
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Trust response to the publication of the CQC’s national 2017 maternity survey
Divisional Director for Women’s, Children’s and Clinical Support, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Professor TG Teoh, said: “Feedback from women and families who access our maternity services is extremely important to us and we welcome the…
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Study at Trust shows changes to bacteria could help spot those at risk of giving birth prematurely
A study of pregnant women at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, carried out by researchers from Imperial College London, has shown that changes to bacteria could help spot those at risk of giving birth prematurely.
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.
I can only give huge praise and thanks to all the staff involved with my care at St Mary's, throughout my pregnancy and for the safe delivery of our beautiful baby boy. I could not have asked for better treatment. For such an emotional time we could not have asked to have been better looked after. Thank you so much team - keep up the amazing work!Cassie
Staff in this department are highly trained and very organised. I never felt alone although I had no birthing partner. I am just so thrilled. Continue with the great work, we mothers truly appreciate and salute the medical team at this hospital.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