Labour ward

The Central Delivery Suite

at Newham University Hospital

Part of Barts Health NHS Trust

Also at this hospital: The Midwife Led Unit

  • Medium-sized labour ward
  • 3900 births in 2014/15

About this unit

Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

Consultants are on the ward 98 hours per week (58%)

Closed 7 times in the last 12 months for no more than 24 hours each time, due to a high amount of activity on the unit.

How will I be looked after?

You'll see up to 3 different midwives for antenatal appointments and up to 2 different midwives for postnatal appointments.
You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

You will have a named midwife.
If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

Births per midwife per year

No details available.

Who can give birth here?

Women who live within the catchment area:
Newham and Barking

    You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

Contact information

Phone:
020 3416 5000 or main hospital number 020 7476 4000
Website:
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Address:
Glen Road, Plaistow, London, E13 8SL
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Public transport information

How to book once you're pregnant

Booking phone number:
020 7476 4000

Via your GP

Freemasons Midwifery Centre, St Sephens Midwifery Centre and Deanery Road Midwifery Centre.

Barking Community Birth Centre

If in labour call:
020 7363 8231

Facilities

  • 15 labour rooms, of which 0 are home-from-home rooms
  • 1 birth pool(s)
    • 1 Plumbed-in birth pools
    • 0 Inflatable birth pools
  • Car parking for women in labour Drop off outside entrance
  • Out-of-hours access to food Vending machine
  • Facilities available if you arrive in early labour
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • You can be admitted to the delivery suite/birthing room
    Low risk women are triaged on the birth centre.
  • Outside space available to women in labour Outside garden space that the women can use.

When can I go into the labour ward?

Once you're in established labour

It's based on an individual assessment by a midwife

Before established labour if you need monitoring or care from a doctor

Support during birth

You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

The limit depends on the individual circumstances.

Tours of the maternity unit

Tours of the maternity service are every Tuesday and Sunday at 3pm - meet at the Discharge Lounge on Elm Ward. There is no need to book

Amenity (private) rooms

Amenity rooms are available.

Each room costs £120 per 24 hour stay, and £60 per 12 hours thereafter.

Non-NHS Care

Private care isn't provided here. There may be the option to book private or independent midwifery care locally.

Birth equipment

  1. Aromatherapy servicenot available
  2. Bean bagsavailable
  3. Birth ballsavailable
  4. Birth matsavailable
  5. Birthing couchnot available
  6. CD playernot available
  7. Cushionsnot available
  1. Dimmable lightingavailable
  2. iPod docknot available
  3. Reclining chairavailable
  4. Rocking chairnot available
  5. Supporting rope or slingnot available
  6. TENS machinenot available
  7. Other: Birthing stools
    TV

Coping with pain

  1. Birthing poolavailable
  2. Diamorphinenot available
  3. Entonox (gas and air)available
  4. Meptidnot available
  1. Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)not available
  2. Pethidineavailable
  3. Remifentanilnot available

Epidurals are available 24/7.

Your stay after you've given birth

  • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-24 hours after the birth
  • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
  • Provision for partners staying overnight:

    in the postnatal ward, on a chair
    in a room with you, on a reclining chair

Information for visitors

Partners: 8am-12pm
Other visitors: 2-8pm
All partners are encouraged to leave the ward when it is women's rest period between 12-2pm daily, unless they are awaiting an imminent discharge.
However, there is a policy that one partner can stay overnight.

Information for visitors to private rooms

In the amenity rooms the partners do not need to leave when it is the rest period.

Directions, car parking and public transport

Parking costs
It is £7.50 per week.

Public transport information

Breastfeeding rate

No details available.

Baby-friendly status

Stage 1 accreditation

Find out more about Baby Friendly

Home births from this unit (Values based on small numbers have been adjusted for reasons of confidentiality)

How many women had a home birth?
1%
How many women planning to give birth at home have to transfer to hospital in labour?
33%
How many women planning their first baby at home have to transfer to hospital in labour?
60%
How many women planning their second or later baby at home have to transfer to hospital in labour?
28%
How many women having a home birth had a water birth?
14%

Reliability of home birth service

This service hasn't been suspended in the last 12 months

Who can arrange a home birth with this unit?

Women who live within the catchment area:

All of Newham and the 6 wards of Barking & Dagenham.

How to arrange a home birth with this unit

Discuss with your midwife
Call a community midwife / the home birth team on this phone number 02082528281
Contact Barking Community Birth Centre: 02 8252 8281.

Coping with pain

You can have pethidine or other opioids at home if you arrange a home birth with this hospital

Note: epidurals are not available for home births

Assistance for women with limited mobility

  1. Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite

Our unit has been built with compliance for access for women with limited mobility and we have beds that can be adjusted in several ways including height.

Interpreting service

Use this link for comprehensive information about the Barts interpreting service: http://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/your-visit/advice-and-support/interpreting-service/

Other assistance for women who don't speak or read English

We have the use of language line and access to information materials such as leaflets in other languages.

Hearing problems

Women would have access to Newham Social Care and the Vunerable Women Team Acorn.

Sight problems

Women would have access to Newham Social Care and the Vunerable Women Team Acorn.

Learning difficulties

Women would have access to Newham Social Care and the Vunerable Women Team Acorn.

Autism spectrum

Women would have access to Newham Social Care and the Vunerable Women Team Acorn.

Specialist midwifery teams

The Maternity Mates project provides voluntary non-clinical support to women who do not have a suitable support network or have specific needs or health issues.

  1. Antenatal Screening
  2. Bereavement
  3. Diabetes
  4. Infant feeding
  1. Perinatal mental health
  2. Substance misuse
  3. Teenage pregnancy
  4. Vulnerable women/safeguarding

How do women give birth here? Cobrand data supplier

Statistics are based on data from all women having hospital births in England

This hospital

22%
12%
66%

England

17.2%
14.7%
68.1%
  • Unplanned caesarean
  • Birth by forceps or ventouse
  • Baby born without help

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • more likely to have unplanned caesarean
  • less likely to have birth by forceps or ventouse
  • less likely to have baby born without help

This hospital

8%
92%

England

11.1%
88.9%
  • Planned caesarean
  • Spent time in labour

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have planned caesarean
  • more likely to have spent time in labour

This hospital

23%
77%

England

31.4%
68.6%
  • Labour induced
  • Labour started on its own

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have labour induced
  • more likely to have labour started on its own

This hospital

59.4%
1.7%
38.9%

England

63.6%
3.2%
33.2%
  • Labour and birth with medical interventions
  • Natural birth but with epidural
  • Natural labour and birth without epidural

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have labour and birth with medical interventions
  • less likely to have natural birth but with epidural
  • more likely to have natural labour and birth without epidural

This hospital

35%
65%

England

49.1%
50.9%
  • Planned repeat caesarean
  • Spent time in labour

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • less likely to have planned repeat caesarean
  • more likely to have spent time in labour

This hospital

56%
44%

England

44%
56%
  • Unplanned caesarean
  • Successful VBAC

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • more likely to have unplanned caesarean
  • less likely to have successful vbac

This hospital

43%
57%

England

39.1%
60.9%
  • No stitches
  • Cut or tear that was stitched

Compared to the national average, women having a baby at this hospital were:

  • more likely to have no stitches
  • less likely to have cut or tear that was stitched

This hospital

100%
Some values based on very small numbers have been changed to 0% or 100% to protect data confidentiality
  • Gave birth in water
  • Didn't give birth in water

Women's experiences

Please note that the scores and reviews aren't necessarily about this specific unit, but can apply to the hospital or Trust it is part of.

Women's reviews (from Care Opinion) Source

Thanks to Newham Hospital Maternity

We have had our newborn, baby girl, last week in Newham Hospital Maternity and we would like to take this opportunity to express ours thanks to...

by Anonymous, 12 days ago
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rude MAU staff

I had come to triage at this hospital as I work here and having been told my community midwives and antenatal clinic that I can use this service...

by Anonymous, 14 days ago
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Horrible midwife.

For my first community midwife appointment at zone 12 maternity booking center, I had a very rude and unpleasant midwife with me. treating me like...

by Anonymous, 26 days ago
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Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015 Source

Scores are for Trusts as a whole.

Labour and birth

8.1/10 Worse compared with other trusts

Staff

7.6/10 Worse compared with other trusts

Care in hospital after birth

6.9/10 Worse compared with other trusts