Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 7 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 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: Some midwives practise aromatherapy

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £625
  • 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 looked after by a maximum of 3 midwives antenatally who will also see you postnatally. In labour and after the birth, you will be looked after by the small core team of Birth Centre midwives and maternity support workers.

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 of 35.0 and lower
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • We follow NICE guidelines for eligibility for the birth centre.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Most women are local but there is 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: You will need to be active and mobile to use the Birth Centre
      • Hearing problems: Signing service can be arranged in advance
      • Sight problems: No special provision
      • Learning disabilities:
      • 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.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Education team

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Great birth experience, lovely midwives

      I gave birth at Queen Charlotte and would highly recommend it. I had signed up for the birth centre but as my labour was slow in progressing and I was finding the contractions very painful with no...

      by Anonymous, 26 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Really unhappy so far

      Looking to move hospitals. Very dirty toilets. 5 members of staff sitting at the reception desk and ignoring me even though it wasn't busy. Two chatting, three looking down and not making eye...

      by Anonymous, 29 May 2019

      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


      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
      • tours are on the first and third Sunday of every month at 2pm - no booking required
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Private care is available in "http://www.which.co.uk/birth-choice/articles/private-birth-facilities" The Sir Stanley Clayton Ward.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • There are local shops.
      • 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 3313 1140
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners can visit 24 hours a day. All other visitors can visit between 9am-9pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • If you are a maternity patient at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital, you can purchase a day pass for the car park to use on the day you come to hospital to have your baby. This can only be used in car parking spaces designated for staff permit holders
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • £2.20 per hour meter, £10 per 24 hours for a day pass
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