Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Chelsea And Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

Last updated: 01 Jun 2018

The Birthing Unit

Contact & visitor information

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

a very large unit

810

births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018

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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
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 4 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 4 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit depends on the individual circumstances
    • 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 / Natal hypnotherapy
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Doulas are provided to help support women in labour

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £300 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a 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 6-12 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 2 and for postnatal appointments it's 4.

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

The Birth centre team is composed of 10 midwives that provide antenatal care (only for out of area women) and labour care for everyone who wishes to attend the Birthing centre. The not out of care women will have their antenatal and postnatal care provided by the community midwives and the labour care by the Birth centre midwives.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife

Statistics

* 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
      • 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)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 45 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 5 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth
      • 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: birth plan meeting to discuss equipment need-birth companion.
      • Hearing problems: interpreter and facilitator.
      • Sight problems: pre-birth rearrangement of birth companion.
      • Learning disabilities: pre-birth re-arrangement of birth companion.
      • Autism spectrum: pre-birth re-arrangement of birth companion.
    • Interpreting service
      • The interpreting service exists for patients who speak little or no English and patients who are deaf or 'hard-of-hearing' and require communication support. Interpreters are supplied to the hospital by an agency and patients who require interpreters or communication support should discuss this with the department where they are receiving treatment. This department will then make the relevant booking with the Trust's approved Interpreting provider.
      • birth plan meeting to discuss birth companions.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Excellent care in the birth centre

      I gave birth to my first son in the midwife-led birth centre at Chelsea and Westminster hospital last month. The care we received was exceptional. I was fortunate in that my birth was straight...

      by Anonymous, 10 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Too pushy about breastfeeding

      The labour and delivery ward was fine, although I had the misfortune of having a Sr Registrar with a rough bedside manner. The midwives, though, were great. The postnatal ward was a nightmare ......

      by Anonymous, 09 Jul 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

      8.7/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.2/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.4/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • 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 Kensington Wing.
    • 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 is a 24-hour vending service available on the Ground Floor between Lift Banks C and D with a choice of hot meals, snacks and drinks.
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
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      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 3315 7915
      • If in labour call: 020 3315 3767
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting by one nominated partner. Your own children are allowed to visit between the hours of 8am and 8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off outside entrance only
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: 4
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Natural Birth Centre
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