Birthing options

Birthing options

Having your baby with us

Our labour ward is situated on the ground floor of the Maternity Building. There are 10 birthing rooms, one birthing pool and each room has their own en suite facilities.

We have a maternity triage, maternity day assessment unit, two maternal high dependency unit rooms, two state of the art obstetric theatres, a three bedded recovery bay for elective surgical procedures and a two bedded assessment bay.  We have two dedicated bereavement rooms away from the main labour ward.

We offer continuous fetal monitoring for pregnant women who require it in labour via a cardiotocography (CTG) machine. We offer the option of  telemetry (cordless and waterproof transducers) so you can mobilise more freely and be immersed in water whilst having your baby’s heart rate monitored.

Labour and delivery options

Lilac Birth Centre

Our midwifery led birth centre has seven en suite rooms in total. Our rooms have air conditioning and heating. We have four rooms with pools and a double bed andthree early labour/postnatal rooms. We are also pleased to share our culturally diverse food menu.

We call it your ‘home from home’ and have had excellent patient feedback. Please see our Instagram page for testimonials. Whilst on Labour Ward or Lilac Unit you can have two birthing partners throughout your stay.


Homebirths

We provide Homebirth cover to low-risk women in our catchment area. Antenatal care is provided by the Community Midwives. There will be a new Homebirth Service in the beginning of 2023.


Elective Caesarean deliveries

We have elective Caesarean delivery lists on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. For most uncomplicated Caesarean deliveries, you will be eligible for the enhanced recovery programme. This means that you will be given regular pain relief, your urinary catheter will be removed in the late afternoon or evening so that you can start mobilising early with the view of enabling you to be discharged the next day if you are well.

Postnatal care

Mulberry ward is situated on the second floor in the Maternity building. The visiting times are between 8am. You can have two birthing partners with you. Mulberry ward has one side dedicated to antenatal beds and one side dedicated to postnatal beds. 

We also have a large maternity lounge where you can spend some time to relax. There is a baby check room where your newborn baby will have their baby check and 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).

We have a milk kitchen with a large fridge where you can store milk for your baby for up to 24 hours and a microwave for sterilising baby equipment only.  At present we do not have a freezer for milk storage but we hope to get on in the near future.  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.

We have free facilities for tea, coffee and biscuits for yourself and your birthing partner. There is also a water cooler in the milk kitchen and our maternity lounge and also an ice dispenser at the main entrance to Mulberry.  Unfortunately 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 point of discharge. 

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 aims are 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 six to eight 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 contact their midwife to get in touch with 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 given if the baby does not need admission.

Our contact number is: 0208 535 6513

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.

What is birth reflections?
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.

What will happen at my 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 the medical jargon. We want to help you feel in control and empowered after such a life-changing event.

How do I 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. We’ll wait to hear from you. All you need to do is email us on: bartshealth.wxmaternityappts@nhs.net.