Edgware Community Hospital

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Freestanding Birth Centre

Edgware Birth Centre

Contact & visitor information

Freestanding birth centres are not on the same site as a hospital, so your care is led by midwives. If you need the assistance of a doctor you’ll be transferred to a labour ward at a hospital.

a very small unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Birthing rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal care unit

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • 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 encouraged to go home
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • All women in labour are assessed by the Triage midwife and an individualised care pathway is made
  • Transfer details
  • Birthing rooms
    • 6 Birthing room(s)
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Rocking chair
  • Other: Birth stools

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are not available.
  • 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'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 2.

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

The birth centre has a team of 8 case-loading midwives offering antenatal, labour and postnatal care. You will see one named midwife for your antenatal care, and occassionally a second named midwife. One-to-one care is offered in labour and after baby is born from the 24-hour team of on-call midwives.

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?

    • Eligibility
      • Baby must be head down
      • Straightforward pregnancy
      • Straightforward previous pregnancies
      • Only having one baby in this pregnancy (eg no twins)
      • BMI between 18 and 35.0
      • Aged between 18 and 40 years old
      • Between 37 and 42 weeks pregnant
      • Maximum of 4 previous babies
    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Hertfordshire
      • 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 have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Hearing problems: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Sight problems: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Learning disabilities: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
      • Autism spectrum: You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
    • Interpreting service
      • An interpreter can attend your outpatient appointment with you or while you are staying at the hospital. If you need to access the interpreting service contact the Appointments office on the telephone number given in your appointment letter, the relevant department or ward or ask one of the nurses on the ward to arrange this for you.
      • You will have an individual care pathway to meet your needs
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Complex Social Care Team(any women with complex care needs are referred to and supported throughout their pregnancy and perinatal care pathway by the Specialist midwives and support workers in this team)

    Women's experiences

    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


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
      • Contact the parenthood Education Team on 020 8216 5414
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machines
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Via your GP
      Book directly from 4 weeks of pregnancy
      • Booking phone number: 0203 758 2434 or 0208 375 1254
    • Outside space
      • Outside space is available for women in labour
      • Has a garden and seating area
    • Visiting information
      • Open visiting
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Pick-up and drop-off points on site
      • Parking spaces at the maternity unit
    • Parking
      • 2 hours: £2 4 hours: £2.50 6 hours: £4.50 8 hours: £6
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