Birthing options at Newham Hospital

Birthing options at Newham Hospital

Having your baby with us

At your first appointment and towards the end of your pregnancy the midwife will discuss where you would like to have your baby.

The choice of having a home birth or a birth in one of our centres will routinely be offered to you, please do not hesitate to ask your midwife any questions.

If you have not already, you can refer yourself directly to our maternity services without having to speak to your GP. You can call our maternity helpline on 0208 090 9999.

Barking Birth Centre 

The Barking Birth Centre is open for antenatal and postnatal appointments, including scans and for birthing.  



If you have a straight forward pregnancy you have the option to give birth at home. You will be cared for by our team of community midwives.

Will any equipment be provided?

Birthing pools now form part of the kit carried by our community midwives. Although if you would prefer, you can provide your own equipment.

Gas and air (Entonox) will be available if you need it, and can be used alongside other natural methods to help you stay relaxed and calm during labour.

Please note epidurals are not available at a homebirth. 

Who will attend a homebirth?

Two midwives will attend your birth, to support you and keep you comfortable. They will be able to suggest a variety of labour techniques suited to you, ensuring your experience is a positive one.

If you would like a home birth or more information please discuss this with your midwife.

If you decide on a home birth this will be discussed again with you at 34 and 36 weeks to ensure your pregnancy is still straight forward.

Our delivery suite

Our delivery suite is purpose-built with dedicated professionals available 24 hours a day to ensure that you and your baby are cared for during your labour and birth.

We have 15 labour rooms including a high risk bay and a room with a birthing pool. All rooms are equipped with birthing aids such a birth balls, stools and bean bags to encourage an active labour. 

The Suite also provides a full range of options to cope with birth including a birthing pool, gas and air (Entonox), Pethidine, and epidural.  It is staffed and equipped to deal with all situations, in particular where medical intervention may be required for you and/or your baby.

Who can use the delivery suite?

If your pregnancy has not been straightforward, then you are likely to have your baby in the delivery suite, although you can still choose to have your baby if you have had a straight forward pregnancy.

Visiting and contacting the delivery suite

The Suite is located on the 1st floor, zone 4, Newham Hospital, Glen Road, London, E13 8SL.

You can call the team on 020 7363 8137 / 020 7363 8737.

Our birth centres

Our birth centres

Both our birth centres at Newham Hospital and Barking Community Hospital are staffed entirely by midwives and provides a relaxed home-like environment for pregnant women who have had a straight forward pregnancy.

All of our birthing rooms have an en-suite bathroom, fixed birthing pools, a double bed, flat screen TV, and natural birthing aids such as a stool, a sling and a birthing ball.

To help you cope with labour we offer pain relief options such as; use of a birthing pool, gas and air (Entonox) and Pethidine. Epidurals for pain relief are not available. 

Who can use the birth centre?

Pregnant women who have had a straight forward pregnancy with no medical problems and/or no problems in a previous pregnancy or labour can use the birth centres.

We welcome women from across Newham, Barking and the surrounding London boroughs, including Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Havering and Redbridge. We are also very happy to care for women from other parts of London and Essex.

Where is the birth centre located?

The Newham Hospital Birth Centre is situated on the 1st floor, zone 2, Newham Hospital, Glen Road, London, E13 8SL.

Barking Birth Centre is located at Barking Community Hospital Upney Lane, Upney, IG11 9LX.

How to make a booking

If you would like to have your baby in our birth centre or would like more information you should discuss your intentions with your midwife.

Contact the team

  • Newham Hospital Birth Centre: 0207 363 8778
  • Barking Birth Centre: 0208 252 8281