St Mary's Hospital, Paddington

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Last updated: 22 Jun 2017

The Labour Ward

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a medium unit

3800

births from Apr 2016 to Apr 2017

F2B5C510-C67C-49CA-9F03-41B274979781

10

Labour 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
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward
    • 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
    • 24-hour advice lines and assessment offered in the maternity triage
  • Birthing rooms
    • 10 labour rooms
    • 2 Birth pool(s)
      • 2 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • The limit on number of birth supporters is strict
    • 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

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 on a camp bed/sofa
  • 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
  • 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 after your baby is born, but different midwives when you're in labour.

Women will have a named midwife who will provide the majority of her antenatal and postnatal care in a community setting. This midwife will work in a small group of midwives who you may meet if your midwife is off. When in labour you will be delivered by a midwife from the hospital team. If you are having a homebirth your named midwife will be on call to deliver you.

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:
    What is your situation?

    Is this your first birth?

    Have you had a caesarean for a previous birth?

    Are you at a higher risk of complications?

    Clear answers

    Is this the best unit for you?

    Find out more about your local options and where you want to give birth

    Use our tool to find out

    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and Kensington, Chelsea and some parts of Ealing and Brent
      • 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: Wheelchair access to the labouring rooms
      • Hearing problems: Signing service can be arranged in advance
      • Learning disabilities: Support involving social care
      • Autism spectrum: Support involving social care
    • Interpreting service
      • If you need help with interpreting, the staff can assist you. Contact the interpreting service 48 hours before your appointment, or sooner if possible.
      • An education package online interpreted into 5 most-used languages
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Domestic violence

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Incredible team in maternity/labour/special...

      Was overwhelmed by the sensitivity, care and kindness of all the staff we came across whilst I was in for the birth of my son. I ended up having an emergency C-section after being up all night...

      by Anonymous, 15 Nov 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Unique experience

      I gave birth to my baby boy in the birthing centre at St Mary’s. I can’t compliment this Birth Centre and the staff enough. I had such a wonderful experience and I’m so grateful. Every midwife that...

      by MauroMJ, 15 Oct 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

      8.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff

      8.5/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth

      7.6/10

      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care is available here.
      • Private care is available in The Lindo Wing.
    • 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
      • There is a cafe at the hospital, which serves a variety of hot and cold food. Open 24 hours a day.
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 98.0 hours per week (58.3%)
    Staticmap?center=51.516615, 0.17261&zoom=14&size=1000x225&markers=color:red|label:s|51.516615, 0
    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Maternity Helpline 020 3312 6135
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 020 3313 5222
      • If in labour call: 020 3312 1060
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Partners can visit 24 hours a day. All other visitors from 3-8pm.
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • General parking is very limited at or near the hospital and charges apply. There are no special arrangements for car parking for women in labour.
    • Parking
      • There is no hospital car park.
    Share this page

    Find the right place to give birth

    Answer a few simple questions and discover whether birth in a local labour ward, birth centre or at home would be best for you.

    Find your best fit