After you have your baby

After your baby is born at Whipps Cross Hospital, you will stay in the Mulberry ward until discharged. The Ward is situated on the second floor in the Maternity building.

Mulberry ward has one side dedicated to antenatal beds and one side dedicated to postnatal beds. 

Ward facilities

  • A large maternity lounge where you can spend some time relaxing.
  • Baby check room where your newborn baby will have their baby check
  • An audiology test room to check your baby’s hearing (sometimes this will be done after you and your baby have been discharged into the community or in the postnatal clinic).
  • Milk kitchen with a large fridge where you can store milk for your baby for up to 24 hours
  • Microwave for sterilising baby equipment only.  At present we do not have a freezer for milk storage. If you do bring formula milk to the ward, please bring ready-made formula. You will have access to breast pumps if necessary, during your stay.
  • Free tea, coffee and biscuits for yourself and your birthing partner.
  • Water cooler in the milk kitchen and our maternity lounge
  • Ice dispenser at the main entrance.

Due to health and safety reasons, we do not have a microwave for you to reheat food.  

For security reasons, during your stay, your baby will have an electronically tagged ankle band and two name tags which will be removed at the point of discharge. 

Things to bring for your stay

For your baby

  • a hat
  • cellular blanket
  • baby vest
  • baby gro
  • nappies
  • cotton wool
  • barrier cream
  • baby car seat (if you are travelling home in a car)

For you

  • slippers
  • nightwear
  • dressing gown
  • sanitary pads (night-time ones)
  • toiletries
  • phone charger
  • snacks

Please don’t bring items of value as we cannot provide patient lockers on the ward.

Birth Reflections

Birth Reflections is a confidential midwifery led listening service with the support of the clinicians for mothers who have given birth at Whipps Cross University Hospital, either in hospital or in the community.

If you have recently given birth with our support, the Birth Reflections service gives you the opportunity to discuss your birth experience with us. We offer all new parents the opportunity to come back and see us. However, you’re feeling, we’re here to support you. We can also reassure and help you plan any future births that you might be considering.

During the appointment

At your first Birth Reflections appointment you will spend around an hour with us, going through the medical notes that were taken through your birth, to explain what happened without medical jargon.

We want to help you feel in control and empowered after such a life-changing event.

How to make an appointment

Health Professionals can refer you and you can also self-refer to our Birth Reflections service from six weeks after having your baby.

Email: bartshealth.wxmaternityappts@nhs.net.

Postnatal clinics

Perineal Clinic

The Perineal clinic is a specialist clinic led by a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist for women who have sustained an obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI) during childbirth.  We offer endo-anal ultrasound scans to assess the healing of the tear and counselling regarding risks on future modes of delivery. 

Postnatal Clinic

The Postnatal Clinic is led by a consultant obstetrician and appointments are 30 minutes long either in person at the Women’s Health Centre in our Outpatient Building or by video consultation using NHS Attend Anywhere to suit your convenience.

The aim is to offer an opportunity for you and your family to discuss your pregnancy and birth, provide appropriate counselling on the risk of recurrence of relevant conditions or complications in future pregnancies and on long-term health. Preconception counselling and lifestyle advice can also be provided.

Referrals can be made after your birth by the team looking after you or by your GP.  Appointments are booked around 6 to 8 weeks after your birth.

Ducklings Clinic

This clinic is held in the Neonatal Unit. The aim of this clinic is to reduce the number of newborn babies needing to attend A+E to check for jaundice levels, weight loss and poor feeding.

All babies under seven days of age are seen in the clinic if the community midwife has a concern regarding jaundice, weight loss or poor feeding. If parents are concerned, they can get their midwife to contact us to organise for their baby to be seen.

Babies will be admitted onto the Neonatal unit if they need to have phototherapy and/or help with feeding. Parents are welcome to stay with their infants if space allows. Breastfeeding and general feeding advice will also be given if the baby does not need admission.

Contact us: 020 8535 6513.

Going Home: our guide to postnatal care

Infant Feeding

We work very closely with Community Groups who will be able to support you regarding feeding your baby once discharged from the hospital. More information.

Colostrum harvesting

This website provides advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals – which means that your child is likely to receive consistently high-quality care, irrespective of which healthcare professional they see.

Baby Buddy app

This app is a free go-to pregnancy and parenting app developed by the UK charity Best Beginnings. The information is trustworthy, and evidence based.