Whittington Hospital, Highgate

The Whittington Hospital 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 large 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
    • You will be advised to go home or to go to the antenatal ward.
  • Birthing rooms
    • 5 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 4 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • This depends on the individual and local 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

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

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a chair
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a camp bed/sofa
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • You'll be able to stay in the same room throughout your stay
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 6 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 2 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.

As some midwives work both in the community and on the labour ward, you may meet your midwife when in labour. We are also piloting two community hub teams to improve continuity of care.

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
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Haringey and Islington primarily, but we accept women regardless of address.
      • 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: Suitable toilets.
      • Hearing problems: A signer can be arranged for you by the unit.
      • Sight problems: You will receive an individual assessment and care plan.
      • Learning disabilities: Support will be provided by our specialist vulnerable adults team, based on your individual needs.
      • Autism spectrum: Your needs will be individually assessed and we have caseload team who can personally assist you.
    • Interpreting service
      • If you require an interpreter please ask a member of staff at your next appointment or call 020 7288 - 5191 / 3974 / 5114. Telephone interpretation service also available.
      • Your needs will be individually assessed and we can provide a telephone service ('Big Word') and also a face to face service.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Twins clinic, HIV midwife, Female Genital Mutilation, Obstetric weight management midwives, High risk pregnancy team, Immunisations midwife.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Maternity and paediatric services - outstanding...

      I recently gave birth at the Whittington and found the antenatal, labour ward and post natal ward gave me the highest level of care. I was so impressed with the dedication, attitude and warmth...

      by Anonymous, 08 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Amazing experience of the birthing centre

      I would like to say thank you to all of the midwifery team who helped to deliver my baby in may and look after us afterwards. I gave birth in the birthing centre and had a fantastic midwife who was...

      by Anonymous, 05 Aug 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
    • 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
      • Vending machine
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 7288 3482
      • If in labour call: 020 7288 5880
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Not applicable - No private rooms
      • Partners: open visiting. General visitors: 3-7pm. Only two visitors are allowed per woman at any one time. No children may visit other than the mothers own children.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Cars can drop off and collect from the hospital entrance on Magdala Avenue, but they cannot park or wait there.
      • Drop off outside entrance maximum 20 minutes stay which is free.
    • Parking
      • There is no parking at the hospital during the day but we do have a limited number of disabled parking spaces, which may be used by Blue Badge holders only between 8am - 5pm free of charge. Please note that normal charges will apply to Blue Disabled Badge holders after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 2
      • Reason for closure: for a few hours each time due to staff shortages.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Labour Ward
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