We offer a midwife-led maternity service at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital.
This maternity package is a personalised service suitable for parents to be who want to form a close relationship with the midwife team that will be with them throughout pregnancy and at the birth.
You will be supported by our midwives from early pregnancy, through the birth and throughout your postnatal stay in hospital. Our midwives will walk hand in hand with you throughout your exciting journey, as you prepare for your family to grow. They 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.
Our midwives will ensure you are completely ready for the big day, when they will welcome you into our comfortable delivery suite or birth centre, depending on your preference.
Our package includes:
- Regular appointments from the one to one midwifery team throughout your pregnancy
- All blood tests, antenatal assessments and ultrasound scans
- An individual birth rehearsal class at 36 weeks, involving an in depth discussion of your birth plan
- A 24-hour call service, where the midwives will reply to queries
- Your dedicated midwife on hand during the birth
- Guidance on how to look after your baby
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. Please speak to your midwife if you would like to know more.
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. 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.