Meet the team
During your pregnancy you may see some or all of these members of our integrated maternity team. If you’d like to know more about the different roles, please ask.
A midwife can be a man or a woman who is “with woman”. Their role as a midwife involves looking after you and your baby’s wellbeing during pregnancy, labour, and the period after your baby is born (which is known as the postnatal period).
A consultant obstetrician is a doctor who is trained in treating women who have more complicated pregnancies and births. You may also been seen by other doctors on the maternity unit who have completed their foundation training, and are now receiving specialist training whilst being supported by the consultants.
Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMAs)
Professional Midwifery Advocates (PMAs) are experienced midwives who have received additional training. They help other midwives provide safe care for you, your baby and your family. They make sure that the care you receive from your midwife is right for you and will meet your needs.
Student midwives work alongside experienced midwives on placements throughout the hospital and community settings. They are undertaking a course of study at one of our partner universities. They work under close supervision and only undertake tasks they have been trained to do. If you would prefer not to have a student midwife participating in your care please discuss this with your midwife.
Maternity Support Worker (MSW)
A MSW is employed to work both within the hospital and the community setting. In all settings they are a very important member of the integrated maternity team. They will work without the need for direct supervision in some circumstances however they will always have very clear channels of communication with a midwife on a daily basis to ensure any concerns around the your or your baby’s care are escalated appropriately.
Maternity Care Assistant (MCA)
A MCA is employed predominately in the hospital setting ensuring that the physical needs of those accessing our care are met and that the environment in which you are cared for is both clean and tidy. They may undertake limited clinical duties, for example taking your blood pressure, if the midwife delegating the task feels it is both safe and appropriate to do so.
Infant feeding team
You may meet our infant feeding team either before you have your baby at the breastfeeding classes or after your baby’s birth on the postnatal ward .They will be happy to support you as you and your baby learn to breast feed, or if you need support bottle feeding.
Neonatologist/Paediatrician (baby doctor)
A neonatologist is a doctor who undertakes the medical care of infants and children.
Anaesthetists are doctors who have completed their medical training and have chosen to complete further training to become an anaesthetist. You will see these doctors if you would like an epidural or if you need to go to the operating theatre.
Our administrative team is the first point of contact for patients and visitors. They work as key members of the reception and ward teams, providing administrative support.
We have housekeepers who work tirelessly to keep the wards clean and tidy, as well as making sure the equipment used in your care is both clean and functioning effectively.
A health visitor is a qualified registered nurse, midwife, sick children’s nurse or psychiatric nurse with specialist qualifications in community health. Your health visitor will work closely with your local children’s centres and other partners to ensure that you have access to the support you need when your child is in their early years.
You can contact Newham’s senior maternity team via the details below:
Associate Director of Midwifery and Nursing
Consultant Midwife (Public Health and Midwifery-Led Care)
Consultant Midwife (High Risk Pregnancies and Complex Care)
Deputy Associate Director of Midwifery and Nursing
Governance Lead Midwife
Matron (Delivery Suite & Maternity Triage)
Matron (High Risk)
Matron (Low Risk)
Named Midwife for Children’s Safeguarding
Clinical Practice Facilitator