Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel

Barts Health NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 06 Sep 2017

Lotus Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

A birth centre is a more homely environment, where the focus is on birth without medical intervention.

a medium unit


births from Nov 2016 to Mar 2017



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
Find out more about pain relief during labour

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of 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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 4 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Women can provide their own hypnobirthing and aromatherapy support.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
    • Women who receive postnatal care in the birthing rooms (when the activity allows) have a double bed available where they can sleep with their partners.
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6-24 hours after the birth
    • If you're transferred to the labour ward during the birth you can come back to the birth centre postnatally
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 3 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

You'll see the same midwives throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Women are provided 1:1 care in labour. Midwives from community integrated teams provide intrapartum care in Lotus Birth Centre to improve continuity of care for women.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
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    Who can give birth here?

    • This birth centre/midwife-led unit is the default option for low risk women at this hospital
    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • You can discuss having your baby here, even if you don't fit the following criteria.
      • Can be Group B Strep positive
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • 16 and 40 years old
      • 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • GDM diet controlled with no complications, outpatient IOL not requiring further intervention.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Tower Hamlets
      • You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: Wheelchair access, disabled toilets, wide doors and use of hoists.
      • Hearing problems: Individual assessment and plan to provide services to meet their needs.
      • Sight problems: Individual assessment and plan to provide services to meet their needs.
      • Learning disabilities: Support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team).
      • Autism spectrum: Support from vulnerable women's midwifery team (Gateway Team).
    • Interpreting service
      • Health advocates available for Begali speaking women. Book interpreters for other languages on sceduled appointments and use of language line when necessary.
      • Supported by Maternity mates and Gateway team.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Parent Education Team provides antenatal classes and tours for expectant parents. The Maternity Mates provides voluntary non-clinical support to women without suitable support network or have specific needs or health issues.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • About my 25th weeks check up

      I am really disappointed about the service today I have received by the midwife, it was my 25 th weeks 4 days check up but they didn’t check my weight, my temperature and tried to check my baby...

      by Anonymous, 22 Nov 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Excellent midwife through actual labour

      I recently had my 4th child here a week ago now...I'm terribly disappointed that they make you outside in a corridor for hours whilst being in pain and having contractions! Also you never have the...

      by Anonymous, 08 Oct 2017

      Read on Care Opinion
    Source: CQC

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

    Scores are for the NHS Trust that this hospital is part of.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth


      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      Worse compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
      • Full accreditation
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0203 594 2572 ext. 2573
      • If in labour call: 0203 594 2563 ext. 2367
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting 2-6pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
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