St Mary's Hospital, Paddington

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

St Mary's 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 Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Local Neonatal Unit (LNU)

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 an area where you can be assessed
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
    • Depending on your individual needs this may mean you will be admitted to the Birth Centre in early labour but this is dependent on space available
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • You can have more birth partners, but a limit applies to the number you can have in the room with you at one time
    • You can have the following number of birth partners with you during labour: 2

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
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Aromatherapy service starting in late 2015

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 in a double bed
  • 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't 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 2.

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 be invited to a Birth Preparation group at 36 weeks when you will also see the Birth Centre. Antenatal care is offered from 38 weeks by the small team of core Birth Centre midwives. You will have one to one care in labour and many know the midwife who provides this. One midwife will provide care during your short postnatal stay.

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
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between no limit and 35.0
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • This unit follows NICE guidelines for eligibility for the birth centre.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: All local areas, no restriction.
      • 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: Women do need to be active and mobile to use the Birth Centre
      • Hearing problems: Signing service can be arranged in advance
      • Learning disabilities: caseload midwifery support involving social care.
      • Autism spectrum: Support involving social care
    • Interpreting service
      • If you need help with interpreting, the staff can assist you. Contact the interpreting service 48 hours before your appointment, or sooner if possible.
      • An education package online interpreted into 5 most-used languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Education

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Excellent service, clean and comfortable

      I had two experiences in st mary's hospital, as I delivered both my son and my daughter there, I was really happy and well satisfied with the professional staff and the good services, will...

      by Anonymous, 19 Sep 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Labour Ward and girls are amazing!

      i Am just a week after my emergency C section and I couldn’t be more grateful and satisfied with ladies from Labour Ward! They have been so helpful, caring and informative that made the whole...

      by Anonymous, 02 Jul 2019

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    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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • You are welcome to come and see the Birth Centre on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month at 4pm. There is no need to book, please just come!
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Private care is available in "" The Lindo Wing.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Local neonatal unit (LNU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area, except for those who are critically ill and need intensive care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • There is a restaurant at the hospital, which serves a variety of hot and cold food. Opening hours: 24 hours a day
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 34 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 020 3312 6135
      • If in labour call: 020 3312 2260
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners can visit 24 hours a day. All other visitors can visit from 9am to 9pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • General parking is very limited at or near the hospital and charges apply
      • Drop off outside entrance only.
    • Parking
      • There is no hospital car park.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: Once over a weekend and then for 3 months as there was structural damage to the ceiling outside the Birth Centre.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Birth Centre
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