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Midwife-led care

We offer a midwife-led maternity service at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital.

The Sir Stanley Clayton midwifery-led maternity package is a personalised service suitable for parents to be who want to form a close relationship with the dedicated private midwifery team that will be with them throughout pregnancy and at birth.

You will be supported by our midwives from early pregnancy, throughout birth, and during your postnatal stay in The Sir Stanley Clayton Ward.

Upon arrival, we will welcome you into the hospital’s comfortable labour ward or birth centre, depending on what’s been decided for your birth plan. Our midwives will support you throughout your birth. We will focus on the health and wellbeing of you and your baby, putting you at ease and guiding you into parenthood in a nurturing and supportive way.

Please note that your delivery will take place in our newly refurbished NHS birth centre or on the NHS labour ward. You can discuss where you would prefer to give birth with your midwife as a part of your birth plan. Your antenatal and postnatal care will be provided in The Sir Stanley Clayton ward. Every package includes additional support from your dedicated private midwifery team while in the labour ward or the birth centre..

Our package includes:

  • Regular appointments with your dedicated private midwifery team throughout your pregnancy
  • All blood tests, antenatal assessments and ultrasound scans
  • Individual labour and birth discussions during up to three appointments from 36 weeks, involving an in-depth discussion of your birth plan
  • A 24-hour call service, where the midwives will reply to queries
  • Your own continuity of care team; a dedicated team of midwives on-hand during the birth
  • Guidance on how to look after your baby, postnatally and beyond

There may also be the option for you to be visited by your midwife at home after the birth. This will be dependent on where you live and there would be an additional charge for this service. Ask your continuity of care team for more information about our postnatal community care packages.

Meet our midwifery team

Support for the whole family

We involve partners at all stages of care, and they are particularly encouraged to attend the scans and birth rehearsal. They are also welcome to stay overnight after the birth.

We also believe it’s important that older children don’t feel left out as you prepare for the arrival of their brother or sister. Our team can advise you on maintaining relationships with both your newborn and other children. This includes getting older siblings involved in planning for the baby.

Am I eligible for midwife-led care?

Midwife-led care is only suitable for mothers-to-be expecting an uncomplicated birth (this includes both NHS-eligible patients and overseas patients). Please talk to us to find out if you are eligible.

However, a good guide to whether you may be suitable is if you fulfil all of the following criteria:

  • Expecting a single baby
  • Aged between 18 and 39 years old
  • Body mass index (BMI) of between 18 and 30
  • First birth, or have had uncomplicated pregnancies previously
  • Currently having an uncomplicated pregnancy

If any of these conditions change during your pregnancy, our flexible package allows you to add a consultant obstetrician to your midwife led care at any stage, although additional fees will apply for this.

Safety and back up support

You can have complete peace of mind regarding the safety of you and your baby whilst in our care. We have world-class neonatal services at both Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and St Mary’s hospitals with back up support services should either of you need any additional attention.

Please note our nursery is currently closed due to Covid-19 precautions.

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