Greenwich Birth Centre

Greenwich birth centre

The birth centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital is staffed entirely by midwives who specialise in assisting with natural labour and birth. The centre provides a comfortable and caring environment for healthy pregnant women to have their baby.

At the Greenwich Birth Centre, we want your birth to be as natural and stress-free as possible. Our experienced midwives receive excellent training and are committed to ensuring you and your baby are kept comfortable and safe.

Each of the birth centre’s four birthing rooms has the privacy of an en-suite bathroom and their own fixed luxury birthing pools. Each room has a double bed and flat screen TV, and natural birthing aids such as a stool, a sling and a birthing ball. There are also five private en-suite postnatal rooms should it be necessary or you choose to stay overnight in the birth centre after giving birth.

Who can use the birth centre?

Pregnant women who have had a straightforward pregnancy with no medical problems and/or no problems in a previous pregnancy or labour can use the birth centre.

We welcome women from across Lewisham and the surrounding London boroughs, including Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth and Southwark. We are also very happy to care for women from other parts of London and Kent.

Where is the birth centre located?

The birth centre is located in Ward 6, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Stadium Road, London SE18 4QH

How can you book the birth centre?

If you would like to have your baby in the birth centre or would like more information you should discuss your intentions with your midwife.

How can you contact the birth centre?

The direct dial for the birth centre is 0208 836 5297 or extension 4132.

What else do you need to know?

The Greenwich Birth Centre provides women with a safe and caring environment to have a natural birth, with the security of knowing any medical interventions can be carried out if necessary.

Gas and air and pethidine will be available if you come to need it, and can be used alongside other natural methods to help you stay relaxed and calm during labour.

Your midwife will be there to support you and keep you comfortable.  They will be able to suggest a variety of labour techniques suited to you, helping to make sure your experience is a positive one.

It may be important for you to note that epidurals will not be available at the Greenwich Birth Centre.

A small percentage of women may experience difficulties during birth and so will be transferred to the nearby labour ward to be cared for by a consultant. If your baby experiences any complications the neonatal team will also be available to help.

If you have not already, you can refer yourself directly to our maternity services without having to speak to your GP. You can call our maternity hotline on 07787 841 986.

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