St Helier Hospital, Carshalton

Epsom And St Helier University Hospitals 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.



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 have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 3 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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: Massage

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • Up to £120.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • 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 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

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

At booking you will be given a named midwife, who works within a small team of midwives. The aim is to provide continuity of care both antenatally and postnatally.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

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)
    • Aged between 18 and 40 years old
    • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
    • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • If you think you are excluded from our criteria, please call Birth Centre directly for an individualised care plan.
  • Catchment area
    • 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: there is an amenity room subject to availability and your carer can stay overnight.
    • Hearing problems: there is an amenity room subject to availability, and your carer can stay overnight. We can make individualised arrangements.
    • Sight problems: individualised care plans can be put in place to ensure the best possible care.
    • Learning disabilities: we will liaise with your family and other health care professionals to ensure women focused care.
    • Autism spectrum: we will ensure care is individualised to meet your needs.
  • Interpreting service
    • Please inform your GP when referring for maternity care, so an interpreter can be arranged for your appointment booking.
    • we use TheLanguageLine, which is available 24/7. we also have multilingual resources available.
  • Specialist midwifery teams
    • Antenatal Screening
    • Bereavement
    • Diabetes
    • Infant feeding
    • Perinatal mental health
    • Substance misuse
    • Teenage pregnancy
    • Vulnerable women

Women's experiences

Reviews of this hospital

Source: Care Opinion
  • Maternity Patient

    I was 34 weeks pregnant and I transferred from St Georges to St Heliers Hospital and it was the best thing I did, the service was fab, the midwives was so helpful and professional, great service I...

    by Anonymous, 03 Apr 2018

    Read on Care Opinion
  • Amazing care throughout!

    My wife and I had a wonderful experience at the birth of our baby. An individual plan was made to enable my wife to have the labour experience she wanted, despite needing an induction. We were...

    by PositiveBirthPartner, 21 Feb 2018

    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
  • Non-NHS Care
    • Private maternity care isn't available here.
  • 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
    • Costa, Subway and restuarant. M&S and WHSmith stores.
    • Vending machine
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  • Contact information
  • How to book once you're pregnant
    Via your GP
    • Booking phone number: 020 8296 2542
    • If in labour call: 020 8296 2050
    Book online
  • Outside space
    • Outside space is available for women in labour
    • There is a small, peaceful garden available; situated next to Fergusson House.
  • Visiting information
    • Not applicable - No private rooms
    • There is open visiting for partners and own children. All other visiting is restricted 3pm-8pm.
  • Car parking for women in labour
    • Drop off outside entrance maximum 30 minutes stay.
  • Temporary closures
    • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2015 - Apr 2016: 1
    • Reason for closure: for 12 hours due to staffing levels.
    • 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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