Labour and postnatal care
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Description of service
The birth of your baby
Where to give birth: The options
We are able to offer a range of options for the birth of your baby. It is recommended that you explore your different options and discuss with your caregivers to decide what is right for you and your family.
Delivery suite: We have 11 spacious birthing rooms with en-suite bathroom, modern facilities and equipment. The unit is staffed by midwives and an obstetric team which enables us to provide all levels of care during labour and birth. The unit is supported by two maternity theatres and eight specialist beds.
Birth centre: Our Birth Centre at Northwick Park Hospital provides a clean, homely and comfortable environment for mothers who have been healthy throughout pregnancy (low risk) and who are aiming for a natural birth. The Birth Centre consists of 4 birthing rooms, two of which have birthing pools. The Birth Centre midwives will support and encourage you through labour, the birth of your baby and the important hours after birth. Birth Centre midwives will encourage you to stay upright and move around in labour using equipment such as: birth balls / mats / beanbags and water. If you would like to have your baby at the Birth Centre we recommend you attend a 'Talk & Triage' appointment which is held at weekends. This needs to be booked in advance for when you are 37 weeks pregnant. Please phone the Birth Centre to arrange.
Home birth: You may feel you would like to have your baby at home rather than in hospital. Providing you are healthy and your pregnancy remains free of complications we would be happy to arrange this for you. When you are in labour midwives will come to your home with all the necessary equipment allowing you to remain in the comfort of your own home for the birth of your baby. To arrange a home birth please talk to your community midwives.
Caring for you and your baby after birth
As soon as your baby is born you will be encouraged to hold the baby in ‘skin to skin’ contact. Skin to skin contact should last for a minimum of 1 hour and is important for keeping baby warm and calm, regulates the babies heartrate and breathing and is important for bonding and breastfeeding.
Within a few hours of the birth of your baby you will be transferred to Florence ward (postnatal ward) where your baby will be at your bedside.
Breastfeeding support is provided by our trained midwives and midwifery assistants. We are proud to be working towards UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation which supports best practice in infant feeding. If you have decided not to breastfeed and plan to artificially feed your baby you will need to bring pre-mixed formula in with you. If your baby requires formula as part of his or her treatment because of illness or pre-maturity we will provide formula for you.
Please see the breastfeeding page for further information on breastfeeding / infant feeding.
If you and your baby are both well and you feel confident to care for your baby you may wish to go home a few hours after the birth. The midwives will discuss this option with you. If you have had a caesarean section your stay in hospital will be longer. After you go home the community midwifery teams will vist you at home to continue your care.
These are private single rooms with en-suite facilities on Florence (postnatal) ward. There is a charge for these rooms. Please ask about our amenity rooms during your pregnancy.
Sometime it is necessary for a baby to spend time in the neonatal unit for observations and treatment. We have the facilities and trained staff to look after your baby should it need extra care. We also offer ‘transitional care’ which is for babies who are not sick but need more attention on the postnatal ward.
Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals
Level 4 Maternity Delivery suite
Level 5 Maternity Neonatal Unit
Level 6 Maternity Birth Centre
Day Assessment Unit
Florence Ward (postnatal ward)
Edith Ward (antenatal ward)
Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals
- Florence Ward (postnatal)
020 8869 2910
- Birth Centre
020 8869 2930 / 2931
- Delivery suite
020 8869 2890
- Neonatal ward
020 8869 2900