Dedicated support in an emergency
Our state-of-the-art facilities and location within St Thomas’ Hospital ensures that you and your baby are in the best possible hands should an emergency arise. Your care and safety is our primary concern and we have dedicated teams to look after you every step of the way.
We fully understand that throughout your pregnancy your needs may change, so if you decide that you would like to use our private facilities in the later stages of pregnancy, we will be as flexible in accommodating your needs.
Experienced midwives to guide you
You will meet our midwives at the midwife-led clinics, where you will also receive a full introduction to the Westminster Maternity Suite. We will tell you about our services, offer breastfeeding advice and provide contact details for the team. Our staff will explain all the diagnostic tests we use to monitor both you and your baby. You will have the opportunity to discuss your birth plan and the type of pain relief you would like to receive.
You can also use this time to take a tour around the Westminster Maternity Suite so you can see all the facilities available, and ensure you are familiar with the unit before you have your baby.
To ensure you and your baby are healthy throughout your pregnancy, an appointment will be made for you to see your consultant once every four weeks until you reach 32 weeks. After that, you will see your consultant fortnightly and then weekly from 36 weeks until birth or more often if required. Some patients may need more frequent appointments.
You will have an assessment carried out by the midwives which will help us to identify any additional monitoring or further tests you may need to support you throughout your pregnancy.
We also offer antenatal classes which are held monthly from 10am – 4pm.
Specialist neonatal care
To ensure your baby is completely healthy after birth, our neonatologists will undertake a series of checks for newborn babies to ensure they are ready to leave hospital. Your baby will also have a hearing screening test performed by one of our specialist team before going home.
Babies sometimes need some extra care in the first days of life. This may mean your baby needs to be admitted to our neonatal unit, where our highly specialised team of doctors and nurses will care for your baby.