If you need an assessment by a midwife or doctor that is outside of your routine antenatal appointments you will be invited to attend the Maternal and Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU). This can be arranged by your midwife or doctor, but you can also call our maternity emergency line on 020 3447 9400.
MFAU is open 24/7 and is staffed by experienced midwives that provide urgent and follow up care. Find out how to contact your midwife.
During working hours (weekdays 9am – 5pm) the unit is staffed by specialist doctors and a team of two experienced midwives that provide follow-up care on an appointment basis.
After 5pm, the unit is staffed by midwives with access to the medical team as required.
What you should expect on MFAU
When you first arrive in MFAU you will be greeted by a member of staff and asked to provide your maternity book. Waiting times will vary depending on how busy we are, but we will aim to see you within 30 minutes from your arrival.
We will take a short history of the reason for your visit. You will then be asked to wait in the waiting area for further assessment and treatment if needed. This system ensures that you will be seen based on clinical priority. It is important to remember this as you might notice that you may wait shorter or longer than others.
Specialist MFAU services
If you reach 41 weeks of gestation your midwife will offer you an appointment at the prolonged pregnancy clinic (PPC). During this appointment a scan will be done to assess your baby’s well-being (or example, assessing amniotic fluid and the placenta function) and you will be seen by a midwife. The midwife will offer you a ‘sweep’ (a procedure to try and bring on labour) and talk to you about the potential need for induction of labour.
At UCLH we offer outpatient induction of labour. This includes a short stay in MFAU where the midwife will commence your induction. You can then go home to await events, but you will have a clear plan as to what you need to look out for and when to come back. Your midwife will advise you if you meet the criteria for this service.
Mr Attilakos is the lead clinician for the Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU). In addition to looking after single pregnancies, Mr Attilakos specialises in looking after complicated and uncomplicated multiple pregnancies.
He has a special interest in Postgraduate Medical Education and is the RCOG College Tutor for UCLH. He has co-developed a national course for teaching operative birth skills to junior obstetricians.