Choosing us

Our maternity and obstetrics service provides care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, labour, and the postnatal period which usually lasts 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 in July 2019, rated our maternity service at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and St Mary’s hospitals as ‘outstanding’, the first rating of its kind for a maternity service in London.

What to expect when you join our maternity service

When you join our services, you will likely see midwives for most of your appointments, but you may also see GPs and hospital doctors when needed. During your antenatal care appointments, you will have plenty of opportunities to discuss your upcoming birth and find the best option for you.

Choosing where to give birth

Where you give birth is your choice. You may decide to give birth at home, at a birth centre or in a delivery suite in hospital. Your choices will depend on your personal preference and your medical needs.

Our maternity units at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and St Mary’s hospitals provide midwifery-led births in a range of care environments, together with high dependency units for more complicated care needs. The delivery suites are staffed by a full team of obstetricians, anaesthetists and midwives, and are supported by other specialists such as neonatologists as appropriate.

For more information on what to expect when you join our services, visit the following pages:

Our history and research

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has 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, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is home to the Women’s Health Research Centre, which is dedicated to improving the health outcomes of women and their babies.

Imperial Private Healthcare

We offer private maternity services. Discover the Stanley Clayton Ward at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital or the Lindo Wing maternity services at St Mary's Hospital. 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.