Maternity services
 

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    Our Birthing Centre features two birthing pools and home-from-home facilities.

     

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    Our highly specialist neonatal intensive care service provides care for sick and extremely premature babies.

     

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    You will be supported by a small team of midwives with whom you are able to build a relationship of trust.

     

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    We are proud of our maternity services which offer the very best care for women and their babies.

     

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  • COVID-19 Updates for Maternity Services – please check regularly as circumstances may change:

    Please read our FAQs in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your Pregnancy in this document

    We strongly advise that well women still attend their antenatal appointments as planned. However, please note if you or a family member has a fever or a NEW continuous cough then you are required to self-isolate for 14 days. If you are struggling with symptoms please get advice at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 .

    For hospital-based appointments, there will be a face-to-face screening (questions about your wellbeing) at the ground floor reception in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing (EGA). Please allow extra time ahead of your scheduled appointment as the screening check may take some time.

    The government advice currently, is to work from home where possible and to avoid unnecessary social contact. To minimise the risk to women and our staff, we continue to have restrictions in place on all visiting as follows:

    • Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU) triage - one accompanying person ONLY if a woman is in suspected labour or signs of bleeding.
    • Labour Ward and Birth Centre – one accompanying person
    • Postnatal ward: no visitors (not even partners)
    • Routine midwife appointments: No accompanying person
    • Scans – one accompanying person to routine 12 and 20 week scan appointments
    • Fetal Medicine Unit:
      • first appointment: 1 accompanying person
      • follow up appointments: no accompanying person (unless exceptional circumstances as agreed by FMU team)

    Due to limited waiting area capacity, partners are instructed to wait outside the Maternity building (EGA) until the woman is about to be seen by the clinician. The woman can contact their partner and communicate which room they are being seen in and can then join them in their consultation.

    A lot of our obstetrician appointments have been changed to telephone consultations rather than face-to-face appointments in the hospital, again to avoid unnecessary travel for you and to reduce footfall in a health setting. You should have received a text message regarding this. Please be aware that all our ultrasound scanning appointments and some midwife appointments, including your first booking appointment, will remain face-to-face appointments in the hospital as normal. If you have any queries or are concerned about coming in then please call and we will be able to help.

    Our group appointment sessions have been cancelled until further notice. This includes

    • Breastfeeding classes
    • Antenatal classes
    • 16-week group class.

    We have set up a YouTube playlist of videos to cover all areas including: antenatal class information, giving birth, tours of wards and key information during COVID-19.

    If you are scheduled for an induction of labour or an elective caesarean section, or any other elective activity with us, you will be called by a clinician the day before who will screen you verbally for symptoms of COVID-19.

    If you have concerns about reduced fetal movements, waters have broken/leaking, vaginal bleeding, regular painful contractions, severe abdominal pain, flashing lights/visual disturbance and/or migraines or any other emergency concerns or symptoms we still advise that you should attend the 24 hour Maternal and Fetal Assessment Unit (1st floor, EGA Wing UCLH), please contact them prior to coming if you have a fever or NEW continuous cough so that they can arrange for you to go directly into a side room.

    Postnatal Visitor Policy Survey:

    If you have been an inpatient on our Maternity Care Ward since the pandemic began, you will have experienced our adjusted visiting policy. We would really value your feedback as to how you found this experience.

    Please take part in a quick survey. Thank you.

  • If you are in labour

    If you think you may be in labour please contact our team so that they can prepare for your arrival. If you wish to have a water birth or use one of our birth pools for labour, let the team know when you call so they can ensure availability.

    If you have any concerns about your pregnancy and need advice, please contact your named midwife (the name and number should be on your maternity notes) or our team on the numbers below:

    Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit (MFAU)

    Tel: 020 3447 9400 - Select option 2 if you think you may be in labour (24 hours a day).

    Labour and delivery care

    Tel: 020 3447 7113 - at all other times.

    Please only bring one birthing partner with you to either The Birthing Centre or the Labour Ward.

  • Home births

    We are pleased to now be able to offer a home birth service at UCLH from 1 June 2020. The service has been reopened following assessment against the RCOG/RCM guidance for provision of midwife-led settings and home birth in the evolving coronavirus pandemic, based upon key criteria, including staffing levels.

    If you would like to use this service please discuss this with your midwife. 

    Home births were suspended at the end of March across North Central London, including at University College London Hospital, Royal Free London, Whittington Health and North Middlesex University Hospital. This was to ensure that women and their babies have the safest birth possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Breast feeding information - updated 8 April 2020

    Please see below helpful links for information regarding Breastfeeding, as we have had to cancel our Breastfeeding Antenatal Classes during this time:
  • Maternity services at UCLH

    We understand that having a baby is one of the most important experiences of your life.

    You will have particular expectations of your birth that are important to you: where you want your baby to be born, who will be with you and the type of care you get.

    For some, engaging with maternity services can be a little daunting and you will want access to appropriate information and safe guidance to help you make informed choices and decisions about your pregnancy.

    The maternity team at UCLH will listen to your hopes and concerns and can suggest helpful and practical ideas to help you.


  • The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (EGA) Wing provides comprehensive, high quality care with the latest technology for women and their babies in the areas of gynaecology, maternity and neonatal care. Find out more in the video below.