Having your baby at The Royal London Hospital

Having your baby at The Royal London Hospital

Choosing our hospital

We are London’s leading maternity hospital and care for over 5,000 women and babies a year. In 2019 our services we were rated as 'Good' by our health regulators.

We offer a wide range of services throughout your pregnancy, starting from before you get pregnant (pre-conception), during your pregnancy (antenatal), right through to after you have given birth (post-natal). If you chose to have your baby with us, we have an expert team of midwives and doctors who will work with you to plan a safe and comfortable birth.

Depending on what happens during your pregnancy you have the option of having your baby at home, in our Lotus Birth Centre, our Barkintine Birth Centre or the delivery suite at The Royal London Hospital.

You will be safe, treated with respect and dignity and supported in every way possible if you chose to have your baby with us.

We're accredited by UNICEF

The Royal London Hospital was fully accredited by the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative and awarded Baby Friendly Hospital status in 2012, and we have been re-accredited several times since.  All of our maternity staff are skilled to support parents to feed their babies according to their feeding choice, and we provide sensitive and effective care enabling mothers to make an informed choice about feeding.

Parents who chose to formula feed their babes are also supported with information on choosing milks, making up feeds and feeding their babies safely.

Coronavirus update

If you are having a baby at one of our hospitals 

Due to the unprecedented situation we have to take extraordinary protective measures to minimise the risk of harm for mums, dads, babies and families. We understand that the current restrictions are challenging. Please be assured that we are continually reviewing our visitor guidance in the antenatal, labour and post-natal period, in line with national recommendations to ensure our staff, patients and visitors are kept as safe as possible.

Pregnancy: All our hospitals allow one visitor, usually the named birth partner, to accompany women to their antenatal appointments, subject to risk assessment at entrance to the hospital

Labour/birth: In line with national guidance, we welcome one visitor, usually the named birth partner, to accompany women at all stages of labour including inductions and caesarean sections and the immediate postnatal period. A ‘maternity mate’ can also be present with the nominated birthing partner.  A Doula’s presence is agreed prior to labour on a case by case basis.

Postnatal: Our maternity units are open to the nominated birthing partner to visit during a designated 3 hour period, provided they have a negative Covid-19 test.

  • Please note that for Whipps Cross, visiting times have now been extended and the nominated birthing partner will be able to visit everyday between 11am - 5pm   
  • At The Royal London, visiting has also been extended and is now open 24 hours a day for a nominated birthing partner

Partner COVID-19 testing: All partners are offered the test prior to accompanying the woman in labour/birth and on the post-natal ward.

Please note there will be no swapping of birthing partners for the duration of women’s stay. 

Homebirths and birth centres

Homebirths and all our birth centres, including the Barkantine Birth Centre and the Barking Community Birth Centre, are available and offering a normal service.

Cancellation of maternity tours and on site antenatal education 

Tours of the Maternity Unit and face-to-face antenatal education sessions at all our hospitals, are currently suspended. We hope to restart this again soon.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, treatment and vaccine

Overseas visitors to England, including anyone living in the UK without permission, will not be charged for:

  • testing for coronavirus (even if the test shows you do not have coronavirus)
  • treatment for coronavirus

However charges may apply to any secondary illness that may be present even if treatment is necessary in order to successfully treat the condition unless a personal or medical exemption applies.

The Covid-19 vaccine is outside the scope of charging.

Get in touch 

If you have any questions we are happy to answer them for you. Please email the parent education team or for the Whipps Cross Hospital team. The Newham Hospital maternity team can be contaced via email or via phone 020 8090 9999.

Our triage departments are available 24/7, should you need to get in touch.

Stay up-to-date 

Are you pregnant and worried about coronavirus? The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists has published a question and answer resource. Read it here.