St Mary's Hospital, Paddington

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

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


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



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
  • 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


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    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
    • Labour Ward and girls are amazing!

      i Am just a week after my emergency C section and I couldn’t be more grateful and satisfied with ladies from Labour Ward! They have been so helpful, caring and informative that made the whole...

      by Anonymous, 02 Jul 2019

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    • Most unhelpful when requesting an appointment

      I needed my maternity paperwork (MATB1 and travel clearance forms) before week 25 and the person in charge of allocating appointments was the most unhelpful referring me to my GP. My experience...

      by Anonymous, 10 Jun 2019

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    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

    • 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%)
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    • 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.
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