Pregnancy and maternity services
The NHS in North West London is dedicated to ensuring that women have access to the highest possible quality of care throughout their pregnancy and birth.
Our staff and resources are concentrated into six maternity units which mean more midwives and senior consultants are available to provide care for women.
In North West London there are six hospitals where you can give birth:
- Chelsea and Westminster
- Northwick Park
- Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea
- St Mary’s
- West Middlesex
Choice of care
You can choose to give birth at home, where you will be supported by our home birth team.
Antenatal care is carried out in our hospitals, in children’s centres and in health centres close to where you live. Most women can choose where they receive antenatal care, although some women with particular medical needs may be advised to attend hospital for appointments.
How to book
You can be referred to any of our maternity units by your GP, or you can complete a referral form on the individual hospital websites, which are listed above.
Whichever hospital you choose for your care, all maternity units in North West London include the following services:
- Birth centre
- Birth rooms
- Birthing pools
- Midwife-led care Consultant cover
- Home birth option
- Antenatal ward
- Antenatal care in the community Neonatal care
- Postnatal ward
- Postnatal care in the community Postnatal care at home
- Private room hire
- Option for partner to stay overnight
- Midwife-led care for the majority of our women with access to a highly experienced team of midwives 24- hours- a-day, seven-days-a-week.
- Increased consultant cover for women who require more complex care and support.
- Experts from different areas of healthcare and other health professions as required.
- Support for women who choose to have their babies at home.
Take a look at our video below to find out what health visitors do:
- Birthing centres which include rooms with birthing pools.
- Labour wards with specialist maternity theatres.
- Recovery areas for women who have given birth in theatre.
- Special Care Baby Units and intensive care units for babies requiring continuous medical and nursing care due to prematurity or complex needs.
North West London antenatal videos
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS in North West London have made it easier for pregnant women to continue getting the maternity care that they need without having to visit the hospital as often.
Our maternity hospitals have worked together to produce a series of videos that cover all the topics usually presented during traditional face to face antenatal classes.
Click on a title below for each video:
- Antenatal prep course part 1
- Antenatal prep course part 2
- Antenatal prep course part 3
- Gestational diabetes part 1
- Gestational diabetes part 2
- Gestational diabetes part 3
- Birth choices
- Home birth
- Early days part 1
- Early days part 2.
The videos offer a great alternative to the live classes usually attended by women and couples.
It is important that you still attend any antenatal appointments with your midwife or maternity team. Please do also contact them if you are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby.
More information about pregnancy and coronavirus can also be found here.