Newham University Hospital

Barts Health NHS Trust

Alongside Birth Centre

The Midwife Led 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


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
  • Other: Oral paracetamol and dihydrocodeine.
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 a dedicated area where women can keep active
    • 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
    • 10 Birthing room(s)
    • 10 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 10 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The rooms are quite small. However, you can choose to have a doula or alternative practitioner who will be accommodated in the birth centre.
    • 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: You can also bring your own playlists/music etc.

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £80 per night
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay in a room with you in a double bed
  • 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 6-12 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 3 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.

You will have a named midwife. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you can see midwives from this unit for antenatal and postnatal care as well as during labour if you come to the unit for your appointments. There is a group practice of midwives who will book women who live in E20 and parts of E7 and E15 for continuity of care during pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


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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
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 16 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 41+5 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
      • A consultant midwife will discuss your care with you if you need an individual assessment.
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: all of Newham plus certain Barking and Dagenham wards served by the Barking Community Birth Centre.
      • 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: a lift is provided. All showers and toilets allow wheelchair access.
      • Hearing problems: access to sign language advocates.
      • Sight problems: appropriate support so that family members can assist with the woman's orientation and care.
      • Learning disabilities: specialist midwife team (Acorn).
      • Autism spectrum: specialist midwife team (Acorn).
    • Interpreting service
      • Visit our website for comprehensive information about the Barts interpreting service:
      • All leaflets have a number on the back for interpreting. Staff are happy to translate for women where consent is obtained.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Maternity Mates

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion

      They give you appointments with no prior notice. Once I had a doctor surprised I was there, once I couldn't understand why I'd taken a day off work to be there, and for the latest appointment, I've...

      by Anonymous, 31 Aug 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Pls,improve maternity services

      I been thr on 2014 for my first baby to be born.i been thr with my labour pain.n the midwife n nurse thr so unprofessional n their behaviour totally shock me.They don’t know how to approach a lady...

      by Anonymous, 27 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


      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      Worse compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      Worse compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Tours of the maternity service are every Sunday at 3pm. Meet in Maternity Assessment Unit, ground floor, zone 4. There is no need to book.
    • 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
      • Canteen and tea and coffee making facilities in the birth centre
      • Vending machine
      • 24h use of kitchen facilities
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Referral forms are available to self refer
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 10 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0207 363 8208 ext. 8019
      • If in labour call: 0207 363 8778
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners: 8am-12pm Other visitors: 2-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • There is a pay and display car park, but staff can make arrangements to support the parking with the details of the car and the person in labour.
      • Drop off outside entrance.
    • Parking
      • Up to 3 hours £2.20, 3-6 hours £4.50, 6-8 hours £8.00, up to 24 hours £16.50. If you pay £7.50 by cash or card your midwife can give you a 7-day permit (this is not applicable if you pay by Ringo).
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