Additional support

Rumbi - midwife consultant

Supporting you

You can find useful information and support on this page such as how to stop smoking, contact details for bereavement support and more.

Getting the support you need

Stop Smoking Information

Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. 

Our maternity department at Whipps Cross Hospital has launched its new tobacco dependence service for pregnant women wanting to quit smoking.

You can be referred to the service by any healthcare professional or you can choose to self-refer at any point in your pregnancy.

If you would like more information or to make a referral please contact Jozan -Tobacco Dependence midwife at Whipps Cross via email or Quit Right Waltham Forest on 02078828230 / 08001691943 or visit:

Delayed Cord Clamping

Find out what delayed (or opitmal) cord clamping (DCC) is and how it can benefit you child.

Going Home: Our guide to postnatal care at home

A hard copy of this booklet will be provided before you and your baby are discharged. It includes important information about caring for your baby at home (you will also be able to access an electronic version here shortly) 

Infant Feeding

This leaflet will provide you with important information about feeding your baby

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

Everything you need to know about safe sleep and baby carriers

If you’re looking for information on safe sleep, slings and baby carriers you can visit the websites below:

Colostrum harvesting

Find out the benefits of antenatal colostrum harvesting.

Waltham Forest 0-19 universal childrens' services

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

Gestational diabetes 

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar (glucose) that develops during pregnancy and usually disappears after giving birth.

Read how gestational diabetes can affect your pregnancy.


Rosebud (Bereavement support & clinic)

Maternity Bereavement Services
Our Rosebud bereavement suites enable parents to have time with their baby throughout their stay. They provide a private and quiet space but located within the delivery suite to enable ongoing care from midwifery staff and  with the facilities of double bed, bathroom and kitchenette. During your stay in our Rosebud Suites, midwives will encourage you to spend time as a family, with the opportunity to have baby by the bedside in one of our cots according to your wish.

If you wish, our  midwives can offer help and support with creating memories such as taking hand and footprints, photographs, memory boxes and teddy bears.

An annual Service of Remembrance is held each year by our Trust- for further details please contact our Chaplaincy Team by calling 02035942070. A Baby Loss Awareness Week (BLAW)  takes place between 9 –15 October each year and offers a wonderful opportunity to bring people who have been affected by baby loss together as a community, so that they know that they are not alone. For further details please contact our Bereavement Midwives, Sibilla Grasso and Rhiannan Bartlett can be contacted on 07944106645/ 02085356835, Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm.

Research opportunities

The Women’s Health research team at Whipps Cross Hospital is made up of two dedicated research midwives (Prudence and Sophie). We run multiple studies researching topics in women’s health, covering gynaecology and obstetrics.

If you want to take part in any of our research studies, please feel free to get in touch. Here are the research studies that we are currently recruiting for:

  • C-STICH2 - Looking into whether an emergency cervical stitch (cerclage) prevents miscarriage and preterm birth
  • CRAFT - Looking into the role of a previous emergency Caesarean birth in labour on the future risk of preterm birth
  • Baby and mum sample study - A sample collection study which is investigating the best way to take a sample to sequence a baby’s genome. Samples include a cord blood sample and buccal (cheek) swab from the newborn and a buccal swab from the mother. If newborns are having a clinically indicated blood test, then a capillary tube and bloodspot will also be collected.
  • CaPE - A randomised controlled trial using triple-blinded design to investigate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of calcium supplementation plus usual care compared with usual care alone for prevention of pre-eclampsia and its complications in women at high risk of pre-eclampsia.
  • DAISy-PCOS - An observational cohort study which aims to identify those women with PCOS who are at the highest risk of developing metabolic disease, which would allow for early detection and potentially the prevention of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, fatty liver, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Help fertility - Hysteroscopic Excision of Leiomyoma and Polyp in Infertility. Two randomised controlled trials. What is the clinical and cost-effectiveness of hysteroscopic removal of submucosal fibroids and endometrial polyps compared to no hysteroscopic removal, in women presenting with infertility and recurrent miscarriage?
  • Legacies & Futures - An observational cohort study investigating gestational parents' experiences with vulnerability and resilience as it influences parent and neonatal health. The population of interest is LGBTQIA+ gestational parents, with cisgender heterosexual parents included as a comparison group.
  • LOCI - Letrozole or Clomifene, with or without metformin, for ovulation induction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a 2x2 factorial design randomised trial
  • Ohana - A Phase 2a/2b Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Volixibat in Adult Women with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy and Elevated Serum Bile Acid Concentrations.
  • SNAP3 - A randomised controlled trial of enhanced support and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) offered for preloading, lapse recovery and smoking reduction.